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Among the qualities that Eleri Ward . . . captures in her performances is the vast, unquenchable longing at the heart of [Sondheim’s] work.
—New York Times
Eleri Ward is an actor, singer, and musician based in New York City. In 2021, she recorded and produced her full-length A Perfect Little Death in her closet. The record is a whirling combination of two deep loves: the expansive, one-of-a-kind canon of Stephen Sondheim and the sweet, melancholic sounds of indie folk. The 13-track album—which started from a viral TikTok following—breathes new life into Sondheim’s work. Each arrangement is singular and thoughtful, weaving in and out of darkness and light.
Ward has been singing and acting since she was 8 and has always strived to carve out her own space with the uniqueness she brings to the theater. She studied songwriting at the Berklee College of Music before transferring to and graduating from the Boston Conservatory with a degree in musical theater and an emphasis in songwriting—which shows itself in the way she has taken on the Sondheim canon.
Producer’s Circle member Tom G.