“My sister Ann is sick and under doctor’s orders to be on vocal silence for a few weeks,” Liz told Playbill. ”She was supposed to do a wonderful Sondheim concert at Disney Hall in Los Angeles called Jazz and Sondheim: Side By Side with Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. In the true spirit of ‘the show must go on‘ I am going to fill in for her!”
That makes for a busy week, since Liz has been preparing for a pre-scheduled concert at Carnegie Hall May 3. She said she will jump into rehearsals for the May 7 concert as soon as she’s done. After the Sunday concert she will catch the red-eye back to New York for yet another concert, a benefit for Off-Broadway’s The Actors Company Theatre, on Monday evening.
In Jazz and Sondheim: Side By Side, Liz will be lead vocalist for new jazz interpretations of songs from Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musicals, created by pianists/arrangers/spouses Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. “There’s one song I never dreamed I’d get to do: ‘The Ladies Who Lunch,’ which was in the first show Ann and I ever saw, Company.”
Liz said she and her sister have filled in for one another before, and when her sister performed an earlier version of this concert, “The songs sounded so great, I felt a little jealous.”
Here is the full planned set list:
“Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“Night Waltz” from A Little Night Music
“Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd
“Uptown, Downtown,” written for Follies
“The Ladies Who Lunch” from Company
“Old Friends” from Merrily We Roll Along
“Another Hundred People” from Company
“Send In The Clowns” from A Little Night Music
“Everybody Says Don’t” from Anyone Can Whistle
“I’ll be doing a lot of work over the next couple of days,” she said. ”I’m very excited.”
Jazz and Sondheim: Side By Side will feature Charlap and Rosnes on piano, Steve Wilson on saxophone and flute, Sean Smith on bass, and Matt Wilson on drums, with Scott Dunn conducting.
The 7:30 PM concert will open with pianist/composer Dave Grusin performing jazz interpretations of songs from Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.
Click here to order tickets for the concert. Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue (at West 1st Street) in Los Angeles.
Both Callaway sisters have been nominated for Tony Awards as Best Featured Actress in a Musical (though not in the same year). Liz for Baby and Ann for Swing! The sisters sometimes perform together in a nightclub show titled Sibling Revelry.
Liz Callaway has been a special guest performer on three of Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Playbill’s inaugural river cruise along the Rhône River May 21–28 is sold out, but cabins are available for the Rhine River cruise in August 2017, featuring Seth Rudetsky, Andréa Burns, Faith Prince, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d’Amboise, and Santino Fontana. Playbill Travel is now also booking Broadway on the Danube River for November 2017, with celebrity guests to be announced. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.