Sondheim 1995 interview: amalgam of comedy and melodrama. Wants to scare audience. "I love being scared in movies and plays, and music's the way to do it."
David Charles Abell: Horrifying and charming. Frisson of wanting to be scared, but being scared of being scared. Clips from Original Broadway production. Abell: good at juxtaposing contrasts, e.g. in Joanna of murder and beauty. Irony.