Other names will be announced at a later date. The performance will be directed by 2006 Tony Award-winning director John Doyle (Sweeney Todd). Musical direction is by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. The benefit will be hosted by Joanne Woodward, artistic director emeritus of Westport Country Playhouse, and Paul Newman.
Sondheim has a history at the Playhouse. In the summer of 1950, he served as an apprentice there.
The benefit evening will begin with a cocktail reception with Sondheim at 6 PM, performance at 7:30 PM, and dinner with celebrity guests at 9 PM.
Co-chairs of the fundraiser are Laurie Lister and Judd Burstein of Westport and producers Barry and Fran Weissler, aided by a dedicated group of volunteers from Connecticut and New York. Honorary co-chairs are Suzanne and Bob Wright of Fairfield.
For more information or to request a benefit invitation, call (203) 227-5137, ext. 138.