Criswell and McKenzie to Join BBC Concert Orchestra for Sondheim Celebration

News   Criswell and McKenzie to Join BBC Concert Orchestra for Sondheim Celebration Another Stephen Sondheim celebration — honoring the composer's recent 75th birthday — will be held in London at the Hackney Empire on Nov. 25.

Entitled Sondheim at 75, the 7:30 PM evening will feature Kim Criswell, Julia McKenzie, Julian Ovenden and the Maida Vale Singers. Performers will be backed by the famed BBC Concert Orchestra. The concert will feature songs from the Broadway and West End musical hit Company, including such tunes as "Being Alive," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Getting Married Today" and "Barcelona." Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim has written a plethora of critically acclaimed, award-winning musicals, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Passion. He also contributed lyrics to West Side Story and Gypsy, and his newest musical, Bounce, played Chicago and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His revised productions of The Frogs and Pacific Overtures were on Broadway stages last season, and the 2004 staging of Assassins won five Tonys, including one for Best Revival of a Musical. Sondheim was also celebrated at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in summer 2002 with all-star stagings of six of his musicals — Company, Sweeney, Merrily, Night Music, Sunday and Passion.

The Hackney Empire is located in London at 291 Mare Street. Tickets are priced £12, £16 and £20. Call 0870 165 6677 for reservations. For more information visit www.bbc.co.uk.

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