Those unable to make it to the ongoing Sondheim Celebration at Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will have the chance to catch glimpses of the six Sondheim musicals presented at the famed theatre. On Oct. 21 the Kennedy Center will present "A Concert Spectacular of Musical Highlights Featuring Stars from the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration" in New York City.
Scheduled for 8 PM at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, the Sondheim evening will include performances from all six musicals — 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 Mandy Patinkin and Barbara Cook, who both presented their personal Sondheim tributes during the much-in-the-news Sondheim Celebration.
As of press time, those actors taking part in the one-night-only event include the aforementioned Cook and Patinkin plus 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, Paul Ford, Randy Graff, Danny Gurwin, Wally Harper, Marcy Harriell, Michael Hayden, Judy Kuhn, Rebecca Luker, Hugh Panaro, Mandy Patinkin, Mark Price, Alice Ripley, Douglas Sills, Emily Skinner and Linda Stephens. The Sondheim Celebration conductors — Nicholas Archer, Rob Berman, Larry Blank, Eric Stern, Jonathan Tunick and Patrick Vaccariello — will also take part in the evening.
Tickets for "A Concert Spectacular" are available at the Avery Fisher Hall box office, which is located at Broadway and 64th Street, or on-line at www.lincolncenter.org. Interested concertgoers can also call CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500.
The fifth of the six Stephen Sondheim musicals being presented at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre, Passion, begins previews July 19. It will run in repertory with the now-playing Merrily We Roll Along and will be joined by A Little Night Music, which begins performances Aug. 2. —By Andrew Gans