Sondheim Celebration at Avery Fisher Hall To Include Songs from Follies

News   Sondheim Celebration at Avery Fisher Hall To Include Songs from Follies Although Follies was not one of the six musicals (Sunday in the Park with George, Company, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along and Passion) presented this summer during the acclaimed Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, two songs from the Sondheim-James Goldman musical will be offered at the upcoming Sondheim concert in New York City.

Although Follies was not one of the six musicals (Sunday in the Park with George, Company, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along and Passion) presented this summer during the acclaimed Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, two songs from the Sondheim-James Goldman musical will be offered at the upcoming Sondheim concert in New York City.

Barbara Cook, who performed her Mostly Sondheim program during the D.C. Sondheim Celebration, will perform two songs from Follies at the Oct. 21 Avery Fisher Hall concert. Cook, who also starred in the legendary concert presentation of Follies, will sing “In Buddy’s Eyes” and “Losing My Mind.” The other performers who will take part in the 8 PM “A Concert Spectacular of Musical Highlights Featuring Stars from the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration” include Christine Baranski, John Barrowman, Anastasia Barzee, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Matt Bogart, Blair Brown, Michael Cerveris, Barbara Cook, Natascia Diaz, John Dossett, Melissa Errico, Raúl Esparza, Philip Goodwin, Randy Graff, Danny Gurwin, Marcy Harriell, Michael Hayden, Judy Kuhn, Rebecca Luker, Hugh Panaro, Mandy Patinkin, Mark Price, Alice Ripley, Miriam Shor, Douglas Sills, Emily Skinner and Linda Stephens.

The creative team for the concert comprises Howell Binkley (lighting design); David Meschter (sound design); and Jonathan Tunick, Michael Starobin and Wally Harper (orchestrations). Musical direction will be provided by Nicholas Archer, Rob Berman, Larry Blank, Wally Harper, Eric Stern and Jonathan Tunick.

Although it is subject to change, as of press time, the program for the evening will include the following songs:
Act One:
“Overture” from Merrily We Roll Along
“Worst Pies in London” from Sweeney Todd (Baranski)
“Now” from A Little Night Music (Dossett)
“Later” from A Little Night Music (Gurwin)
“Soon” from A Little Night Music (Berry)
“Now/Later/Soon” from A Little Night Music (Dossett, Gurwin, Berry)
“Another Hundred People” from Company (Harriell)
“Beautiful” from Sunday in the Park with George (Stephens, Esparza)
“It Would Have Been Wonderful” from A Little Night Music (Dossett, Sills)
“I Wish I Could Forget You” from Passion (Kuhn)
“Growing Up” from Merrily We Roll Along (Skinner, Hayden)
“Johanna” from Sweeney Todd (Panaro)
“Not a Day Goes By” from Merrily We Roll Along (Barzee)
“Franklin Shepard, Inc.” from Merrily We Roll Along (Esparza and Interviewer)
“Happiness” from Passion (Luker, Cerveris)
“Getting Married Today” from Company (Ripley, Bogart, Skinner, Barrowman)

Act Two:
“Tick-Tock” from Company
“Weekend in the Country” from A Little Night Music (Diaz, Berry, Dossett, Graff, Sills, Gurwin)
“Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd (Baranski, Price)
“Old Friends” from Merrily We Roll Along (Shor, Hayden, Esparza)
“Every Day a Little Death” from A Little Night Music (Graff, Berry)
“Loving You” from Passion (Kuhn, Cerveris)
“Sunday in the Park with George” from Sunday in the Park with George (Errico, Esparza)
“Farewell Letter” from Passion (Cerveris, Luker)
“Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music (Brown)
“Fosca” from Passion (Cerveris, Goodwin)
“The Miller’s Son” from A Little Night Music (Diaz)
“Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George (Errico, Esparza)
“In Buddy’s Eyes” from Follies (Cook)
“Losing My Mind” from Follies (Cook)
“By the Sea” from Sweeney Todd (Baranski)
“Being Alive” from Company (Barrowman)
“Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George (Full Cast) *

Although all of the regular priced tickets for the October 21 evening are sold out, there are still a few benefit seats for sale. Great 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).

—By Andrew Gans