In addition to starring in their respective Stephen Sondheim musicals, a host of performers from the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration will offer concerts at the Center's Millennium Stage in August.
First up is Passion star Judy Kuhn, who will present an evening of song on Aug. 12. Drawing from her recent Lincoln Center concert, Kuhn will include works by Joni Mitchell, Harold Arlen, Tom Waits and Kurt Weill. The acclaimed singer-actress has appeared on Broadway in Rags, Les Misérables, She Loves Me, Chess and King David as well as in the Los Angeles production of Sunset Boulevard. Her recent Off Broadway outings have included runs in Dream True and Eli's Comin', for which she received an Obie Award.
Christy Baron — who recently starred as Susan in the Kennedy Center Company — will feature jazz standards and several new tunes in her Aug. 13 concert. Baron was featured in the Broadway company of Les Miz and Off-Broadway in Annie Warbucks and King Gordogan as well as the Williamstown Theater Festival's production of Stevie Wants to Play the Blues. Baron's screen credits include the film "Pants on Fire" and the TV shows "Guiding Light," "All My Children" and "Law & Order: SVU." She is currently recording her third solo CD.
As previously announced, Passion's Michael Cerveris and his band will present an evening of rock-n-roll tunes on Aug. 18. Cerveris received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the title role of The Who's Tommy, a part he also played for two years in Germany. He originated the role of architect Thomas Andrews in the Tony-winning musical Titanic and also appeared onstage in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Total Eclipse, Abingdon Square and Life Is a Dream. His film and television credits include the recent Fox series "American Embassy" as well as "Fame," "Equalizer," "Strangers," "Tokyo Pop," "Steel and Lace" and "Rock and Roll High School Forever." Cerveris has also enjoyed success as a rock guitarist-vocalist in both the U.S. and U.K.
The final two offerings for the month of August are Mary Jane Raleigh, who is currently appearing in the Kennedy Center Merrily Will Roll Along, and Anna Bergman, who is part of the A Little Night Music company, which begins performances Aug. 2. Raleigh will perform her cabaret act, "What I Know," on Aug. 20, and Bergman is scheduled to offer her show, "Melody, Melodie: A Celebration of Song from Brazil to Bizet," on Aug. 30. All performances at the Millennium Stage are free and open to the public; show time is 6 PM. Recent Millennium artists have included Alice Ripley and John Barrowman. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located in Washington, D.C., at 2700 F. Street. For more information, go to www.kennedy-center.org.
—By Andrew Gans