Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis' Collaboration for City Center Has New Title; Parker Esse Will Choreograph

As previously reported, Tony-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and jazz musician-composer Wynton Marsalis are collaborating on a new musical event for New York City Center.

Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

Originally titled A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Story, the musical will now be known as A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair.

Directed by Tony winner John Doyle and choreographed by Parker Esse, this Encores! Special Event will play the famed Manhattan venue Nov. 13-17.

Conceived by Peter Gethers, Jack Viertel and Doyle, the musical event features Sondheim's music arranged and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Marsalis.

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 will feature more than two-dozen Sondheim compositions, each piece newly re-imagined by Marsalis. Singers will be drawn from both the jazz and Broadway worlds. Casting will be announced at a later date.

Tickets go on sale on Sept. 3. Further information is available at and


City Center’s annual Gala Benefit will take place on Nov. 14 and will include a post-performance dinner at the Plaza Hotel.