Starry Sondheim: The Birthday Concert Airs on "Great Performances" Nov. 24

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The New York Philharmonic's Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, featuring Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin and Elaine Stritch, airs nationwide Nov. 24 on PBS "Great Performances."

PBS captured the two-night March concert event that celebrated the 80th birthday of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. Image Entertainment released a DVD of the 116-minute concert Nov. 16.

The two-hour special will air at 9 PM (check local listings). Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce (Curtains, Spamalot) hosts the concerts, which feature performances by actors who originated roles in Stephen Sondheim's musicals, as well as favorites from the Broadway stage.

Sondheim collaborator Paul Gemignani conducts the concerts, which are directed by Lonny Price and choreographed by Josh Rhodes.

Among the performers who appear are Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch, Patti LuPone, George Hearn, John McMartin, Mandy Patinkin, Laura Benanti, Matt Cavenaugh, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Jenn Colella, Jason Danieley, Joanna Gleason, Nathan Gunn, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, Donna Murphy, Gillian Murphy, Laura Osnes, Bobby Steggert, Ethan Stiefel, Jim Walton and Chip Zien.

Live concert highlights included "Too Many Mornings" (McDonald/Gunn), "Ladies Who Lunch" (LuPone), "Move On" (Peters/Patinkin), "The Road You Didn't Take" (McMartin), "I'm Still Here" (Stritch), "Losing My Mind" (Mazzie), "Could I Leave You" (Murphy), "The Glamorous Life" (McDonald), "Beautiful Girls" (Hyde Pierce), "Not a Day Goes By" (Peters), "Pretty Women" (Hearn/Cerveris) and "A Little Priest" (LuPone/Hearn/Cerveris). The evening culminated with a chorus lining the stage and aisles of Avery Fisher Hall to perform "Sunday."

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