Casting is now complete for the limited West End run of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends, Cameron Mackintosh's tribute concert to late musical theatre trailblazer Stephen Sondheim that was presented May 3, 2022, at London's Sondheim Theatre.
The limited engagement, also produced by Mackintosh, will play the Gielgud Theatre September 16, 2023-January 6, 2024.
As previously reported, three-time Tony honoree Bernadette Peters will again star, marking her West End debut. Peters will be joined by Tony winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Here Lies Love) as well as many who were part of the May concert, including Christine Allado, Janie Dee, Bonnie Langford, and Jeremy Secomb, plus newcomers to the tribute, Beatrice Penny-Touré, Joanna Riding, and Jac Yarrow.
Newly announced for the limited engagement are Haydn Gwynne, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Gavin Lee, Jason Pennycooke, Marley Fenton, Beatrice Penny-Touré, Harry Apps, Bella Brown, and Monique Young.
Mackintosh says, “I’m delighted to be welcoming so many old friends from my past productions, most of whom have stopped the show as well as some brilliant new ones, to star in Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre this autumn. To have gathered so many West End stars, as well as two legendary Broadway performers together for a new show such as this is rare outside a gala. Only the sublime talents of Sondheim could make this happen. Steve was always a Broadway baby at heart, so I’m thrilled that this last show he and I started putting together during Covid is having a life beyond its triumphant gala. Featuring 39 of the greatest songs ever written for the musical theatre, performed by an incredible cast, staged by the incomparable Matthew Bourne, side-by-side with Julia McKenzie and choreographer Stephen Mear, audiences are in for a musical evening they will never forget in one great big Broadway show.”
Directed by Matthew Bourne side by side with Julia McKenzie, the production also features choreography by Stephen Mear, conducting by Alfonso Casado Trigo, musical supervision by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, lighting design by Warren Letton, and sound design by Mick Potter.