After selling out its in-person engagement at London's Sondheim Theatre, Cameron Mackintosh's upcoming tribute concert to late musical theatre trailblazer Stephen Sondheim will simultaneously screen live at the Prince Edward Theatre. Bernadette Peters, Elaine Paige, Imelda Staunton, Clive Rowe, Julian Ovenden, Janie Dee, Judi Dench, and more are set to perform at the event May 3 at 7 PM.
As previously announced, the event will also feature Michael Ball, Petula Clark, Daniel Evans, Bonnie Langford, Damian Lewis, Julia McKenzie, Hannah Waddingham, Anna-Jane Casey, Rob Brydon, Rosalie Craig, Rob Houchen, and Gary Wilmot, as well as a company of West End stars.
Old Friends will be staged by Matthew Bourne and Maria Friedman and choreographed by Stephen Mear. The 25-piece orchestra will be led by Alfonso Casado Trigo, with musical supervision by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection designs by George Reeve, lighting by Warren Letton, and sound by Mick Potter.
The concert will benefit the Stephen Sondheim Foundation, established by the Broadway icon's estate to support playwrights, composers, and lyricists in the early stages of their career and to assist in the development and advancement of their work, along with sustaining other elements of musical theatre craft and arts education.
The simulcast is being powered by The Luna Cinema.