Sondheim turns 80 on that day. That evening, guests will see an early performance of the new Roundabout revue Sondheim on Sondheim at Studio 54. Sondheim on Sondheim stars Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat. Music and lyrics are by Sondheim, and the production is conceived and directed by James Lapine.
Next, guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and "a very personal star-studded musical tribute," with new songs by contemporary musical theatre writers, at the Sheraton New York.
Songwriters participating include Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party), Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family), Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), Stew & Heidi Rodewald (Passing Strange) and Jeanine Tesori & David Lindsay-Abaire (Shrek).
Their original compositions will be sung by some of Broadway's biggest talents, such as Berndadette Peters in front of an audience that will include friends and artists from his six decades on Broadway such as Elaine Stritch, Lauren Bacall, Donna Murphy, Kelli O'Hara, Lynn Redgrave, Sam Mendes, Frank Rich, Michael Cerveris, La Chanze and more.
The tribute concert is directed by Paul Gemignani, Sondheim's longtime musical director. All proceeds from this event will benefit Roundabout Theatre Company's Musical Theatre Fund.
Roundabout has a long relationship with Stephen Sondheim having produced five Tony Award nominated Sondheim revivals including Company (1995), Follies (2001), Tony Award-winning Assassins (2004), Pacific Overtures (2004) and Sunday in the Park with George (2008). In 2005, Roundabout honored Sondheim with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre for the indelible impact his life's work has made on the theatre world.
The Honorary Chairs of the Gala are Barry Diller & Diane von Furstenberg and Bernadette Peters. The Gala chairs are Michael T. Cohen, Martin & Perry Granoff and Tom & Diane Tuft. The Vice-chairs are Edward & Betsy Cohen, Mike & Pilar de Graffenried, Ted & Mary Jo Shen, Mark R. Fetting & Georgia D. Smith.
The performance of Sondheim on Sondheim will begin at 6:15PM at Roundabout's Studio 54. Underwriter and above ticket buyers are also invited to a private VIP Cocktail Party before the show begins. Immediately following the performance, the dinner and birthday tribute will commence at the Sheraton New York.
The support levels are:
Gala Sponsorship at $100,000
Producer's Circle Table(s) at $50,000
Celebrity Circle Table(s) at $35,000
Underwriter Table(s) at $25,000
Benefactor Table(s) at $15,000
Producer's Circle Ticket(s) at $5,000
Celebrity Circle Ticket(s) at $3,500
Underwriter Ticket(s) at $2,500
Benefactor Ticket(s) at $1,500
Patron Ticket(s) at $1,250 (almost sold out)
For more information, contact Steve Schaeffer, director of special events, at (212) 719-9393 ext. 312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.