Five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury will serve as special guest to introduce Sondheim at Seven, a gala benefit for the Off-Broadway company Irish Repertory Theatre scheduled for June 13 at Town Hall in New York.
Irish Rep is promising “a galaxy of Broadway stars” (to be announced) performing “as many hit songs as we can fit into 90 minutes” from Stephen Sondheim musicals Sweeney Todd, Follies, Into The Woods, Assassins, Gypsy, Passion, Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Night Music, Company, West Side Story and others. Lansbury starred in the original Broadway productions of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Anyone Can Whistle, and revivals of his Gypsy and A Little Night Music.
Performance-only tickets, starting at $100, are now on sale at IrishRep.org or by calling (212) 727-2737. The performance will be followed by dinner at Bryant Park Grill, 25 West 40th Street. Premium seating/dinner packages start at $500 and can be arranged by calling (212) 213-1166 or emailing Events@CarlaCapone.com.
The event will honor Carmine D. Boccuzzi Jr., partner at Cleary Gottlieb LLP, and will recognize the “extraordinary contributions” of Anne Anderson, ambassador of Ireland to the United States; Barbara Jones, consul general of Ireland in New York; and David Donoghue, ambassador of Ireland to the United Nations.
The 7 PM concert will be held at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street in Manhattan. It will be directed by Charlotte Moore, with musical direction by John Bell.
“We look forward to toasting to our first full season back in our beautiful new home.” said Ciarán O’Reilly, producing director of Irish Rep, which has specialized in Irish and Irish-American stage works since its founding in 1988.
Artistic Director Charlotte Moore said, “To have the music of Stephen Sondheim, performed by some of best voices in New York City, is a fitting way to celebrate and will make this a truly special occasion. We’re also thrilled to be honoring Carmine, who, with his colleagues at Cleary Gottlieb LLP, has been with the Irish Rep since the beginning, as well as recognizing the lasting contributions of our Irish government representatives who will all three be stepping down from their posts this year. This past amazing season would not have been possible without them.”