By Adam Hetrick
23 Jul 2010
PBS has now announced that Image Entertainment will release a DVD of the concert in November as well. It has not yet been determined if the PBS broadcast of the concert will be a one or two-hour special.
Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce (Curtains, Spamalot) hosted the concerts that featured performances by actors who originated roles in Stephen Sondheim's musicals, as well as favorites from the Broadway stage.
Sondheim collaborator Paul Gemignani conducted the concerts, which were directed by with Lonny Price and choreographed by Josh Rhodes.
Among the performers who appeared in Sondheim: The Birthday Concert were Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch, Patti LuPone, George Hearn, John McMartin, Mandy Patinkin, Laura Benanti, Matt Cavenaugh, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Jenn Colella, Jason Danieley, Joanna Gleason, Nathan Gunn, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, Donna Murphy, Gillian Murphy, Laura Osnes, Bobby Steggert, Ethan Stiefel, Jim Walton and Chip Zien.
Concert highlights included "Too Many Mornings" (McDonald/Gunn), "Ladies Who Lunch" (LuPone), "Move On" (Peters/Patinkin), "The Road You Didn't Take" (McMartin), "I'm Still Here" (Stritch), "Losing My Mind" (Mazzie), "Could I Leave You" (Murphy), "The Glamorous Life" (McDonald), "Beautiful Girls" (Hyde Pierce), "Not a Day Goes By" (Peters), "Pretty Women" (Hearn/Cerveris) and "A Little Priest" (LuPone/Hearn/Cerveris). The evening culminated with a chorus lining the stage and aisles of Avery Fisher Hall to perform "Sunday."