Those who were unable to attend this summer's Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and those who wish to relive the experience will head to Avery Fisher Hall Oct. 21 to experience "A Concert Spectacular of Musical Highlights Featuring Stars from the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration."
As of press time, those performers scheduled to take part in the 8 PM concert include Christine Baranski, John Barrowman, Anastasia Barzee, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Matt Bogart, Blair Brown, Michael Cerveris, Barbara Cook, Natascia Diaz, John Dossett, Melissa Errico, Raúl Esparza, Thursday Farrar, Philip Goodwin, Randy Graff, Danny Gurwin, Marcy Harriell, Judy Kuhn, Rebecca Luker, Hugh Panaro, Mark Price, Alice Ripley, Miriam Shor, Douglas Sills, Emily Skinner and Linda Stephens.
Although originally announced to take part in the event, Michael Hayden and Mandy Patinkin have withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts.
Eric Schaeffer, who was the artistic director for the Sondheim Celebration, directs the evening, and the remainder of the creative team comprises Howell Binkley (lighting design); David Meschter (sound design); and Jonathan Tunick, Michael Starobin and Wally Harper (orchestrations). Musical direction will be provided by Nicholas Archer, Rob Berman, Larry Blank, Wally Harper, Eric Stern and Jonathan Tunick.
The program for the one-night-only event follows:
“Overture” from Merrily We Roll Along
“Worst Pies in London” from Sweeney Todd (Baranski)
“Now” from A Little Night Music (Dossett)
“Later” from A Little Night Music (Gurwin)
“Soon” from A Little Night Music (Berry)
“Now/Later/Soon” from A Little Night Music (Dossett, Gurwin, Berry)
“Another Hundred People” from Company (Harriell)
“Beautiful” from Sunday in the Park with George (Stephens, Esparza)
“It Would Have Been Wonderful” from A Little Night Music (Dossett, Sills)
“I Wish I Could Forget You” from Passion (Kuhn)
“Growing Up” from Merrily We Roll Along (Skinner, Hayden)
“Johanna” from Sweeney Todd (Panaro)
“Not a Day Goes By” from Merrily We Roll Along (Barzee)
“Franklin Shepard, Inc.” from Merrily We Roll Along (Esparza and Farrar)
“Happiness” from Passion (Luker, Cerveris)
“Getting Married Today” from Company (Ripley, Bogart, Skinner, Barrowman) Act Two:
“Tick-Tock” from Company
“Weekend in the Country” from A Little Night Music (Diaz, Berry, Dossett, Graff, Sills, Gurwin, Bogart, Luker, Panaro, Skinner and Stephens)
“Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd (Baranski, Price)
“Old Friends” from Merrily We Roll Along (Shor and Esparza)
“Every Day a Little Death” from A Little Night Music (Graff, Berry)
“Loving You” from Passion (Kuhn, Cerveris)
“Sunday in the Park with George” from Sunday in the Park with George (Errico, Esparza)
“Farewell Letter” from Passion (Cerveris, Luker)
“Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music (Brown)
“Fosca” from Passion (Cerveris, Goodwin)
“The Miller’s Son” from A Little Night Music (Diaz)
“Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George (Errico, Esparza)
“In Buddy’s Eyes” from Follies (Cook)
“Losing My Mind” from Follies (Cook)
“By the Sea” from Sweeney Todd (Baranski)
“Being Alive” from Company (Barrowman)
“Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George (Full Cast)
According to a spokesman for the Kennedy Center, the all-star Sondheim Celebration concert will not be recorded.
Although all of the regular priced tickets for the October 21 evening are sold out, there are still a few benefit seats for sale. Orchestra seats priced at $500 are available by calling the Lincoln Center box office (212 721-6500) or Rachel Brintnall at the Kennedy Center (202-416-8052).
—By Andrew Gans