Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis Will Collaborate on A Bed And a Chair: A New York Love Story for City Center
18 Apr 2013
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Tony-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and jazz musician-composer Wynton Marsalis will collaborate on A Bed And a Chair: A New York Love Story, a new musical event for New York City Center.
Directed by Tony winner John Doyle, 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 Story, 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 NYCityCenter.org and jalc.org.
City Center’s annual Gala Benefit will take place on Nov. 14 and will include a post-performance dinner at the Plaza Hotel.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.