PHOTO CALL: Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cast Celebrate Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis' A Bed and a Chair
By Matthew Blank
Three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters starred in A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair, a collaboration between Tony-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and jazz musician-composer Wynton Marsalis, which played its limited engagement at New York City Center Nov. 13-17.
This Encores! Special Event was directed by Tony winner John Doyle and choreographed by Parker Esse.
The cast also boasted Tony nominees Norm Lewis and Jeremy Jordan, Cyrille Aimée and dancers Meg Gillentine, Tyler Hanes, Grasan Kingsberry and Elizabeth Parkinson.
Conceived by Peter Gethers, Jack Viertel and Doyle, the musical event featured Sondheim's music arranged and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Marsalis. David Loud was the musical supervisor.
A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair, presented by the combined forces of City Center’s Encores! program and Jazz at Lincoln Center, "celebrates love in New York and love of New York. Native Manhattanite Sondheim and adopted citizen Marsalis (originally from New Orleans) will compare musical notes on their shared passion for our city," according to press notes.
The program featured more than two-dozen Sondheim compositions, each piece newly re-imagined by Marsalis.
The creative team also included scenic consultant John Lee Beatty, costume consultant Ann Hould-Ward, lighting designer Ken Billington, sound designer Scott Lehrer and projection designer Steve Channon.
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