Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis Will Collaborate on A Bed And a Chair: A New York Love Story for City Center

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.

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

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 and


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