By Kenneth Jones
22 Mar 2010
Bernadette Peters, Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Rita Moreno, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Duncan Sheik, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey are among the artists paying homage on the night of Sondheim's 80th birthday.
Guests will see a 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).
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 6:15 PM 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.
For more information, contact Steve Schaeffer, director of special events, at (212) 719-9393 ext. 312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.