Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim Go Head-to-Head Oct. 21 in NYC

News   Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim Go Head-to-Head Oct. 21 in NYC Star-studded concerts paying tribute to the works of Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim will go to head-to-head at two famed New York venues on Monday, Oct. 21.

Star-studded concerts paying tribute to the works of Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim will go to head-to-head at two famed New York venues on Monday, Oct. 21.

As previously announced, the Kennedy Center will present "A Concert Spectacular of Musical Highlights Featuring Stars from the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration" at Avery Fisher Hall on Oct. 21 at 8 PM. The all Sondheim evening will include performances from the six musicals presented at the D.C. theatre this summer — Sweeney Todd, Company, Sunday in the Park with George, Passion, Merrily We Roll Along and A Little Night Music — as well as songs rendered by Barbara Cook, who presented her personal Sondheim tribute, Mostly Sondheim, during the much-in-the news Sondheim Celebration.

Among the actors taking part in the one-night-only event include the aforementioned Cook plus Christine Baranski, John Barrowman, Anastasia Barzee, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Matt Bogart, Blair Brown, Michael Cerveris, Natascia Diaz, John Dossett, Melissa Errico, Raúl Esparza, Thursday Farrar, Philip Goodwin, Randy Graff, Danny Gurwin, Marcy Harriell, Judy Kuhn, Rebecca Luker, Hugh Panaro, Mark Price, Alice Ripley, Miriam Shor, Douglas Sills, Emily Skinner and Linda Stephens. The Sondheim Celebration conductors — Nicholas Archer, Rob Berman, Larry Blank, Wally Harper, Eric Stern and Jonathan Tunick — will also take part in the evening, which is being directed by Eric Schaeffer.

Although all of the regular priced tickets for the Sondheim evening are sold out, there are still a few benefit seats for sale. Orchestra seats priced at $500 are available by calling the Lincoln Center box office (212 721-6500) or Rachel Brintnall at the Kennedy Center (202-416-8052).

Meanwhile, City Center will offer "Shall We Dance: A Dance Tribute to Richard Rodgers" also on Oct. 21 (7 PM). Presented by Career Transition for Dancers, the 8th Annual "Next Step Gala" will be directed by Donald Saddler and will star La Chanze, Sandy Duncan, Frederic Franklin, Dana Moore, Dirk Lombard, Karen Ziemba, Mercedes Ellington, Frederic Franklin, Wendee Lee Curtis, Karen Callaway-Williams and Chicago Tony winners Bebe Neuwirth and Ann Reinking. Several dance companies will also be a part of the evening, including American Ballet Theatre, AntiGravity, Dance Times Square, Jennifer Muller/The Works, National Dance Institute, New Jersey Tap Ensemble, New York City Ballet, Ohio Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Tony Monte will serve as the concert's musical director. A benefit for Career Transition for Dancers — which helps dancers establish new careers when dance is no longer an option — the gala event will include Richard Rodgers dance classics as well as new works set to Rodgers' music. A selection from Rodgers' only ballet, Ghost Town, will be featured.

Tickets for the performance only are priced at $40, $55 and $75 and may be purchased by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212 or 1-877-581-1212. Those interested in attending the performance and the gala should call Michael Weiss or Gary Tigner at (212) 582-6690; gala tickets range from $550 to $1,000. City Center is located on West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.