Suddenly Sondheim: Small Block of Tickets Made Available for Ladies/Sondheim Concert

News   Suddenly Sondheim: Small Block of Tickets Made Available for Ladies/Sondheim Concert
With a title like The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim, you expect a sold-out house. That's the case for the April 7 starry Broadway concert to benefit The Acting Company, but a small block of tickets has just become available.
Jenna Russell will be one of The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim.
Jenna Russell will be one of The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim.

Patti LuPone, Angela Lansbury and the recently announced Jenna Russell (of Sunday in the Park With George) are among performers appearing in the 7 PM concert, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company).

The benefit show for The Acting Company — at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre — sold out weeks ago, but a handful of Sondheim lovers might be able to snag the newly-available tickets through (212) 239-6200.

Mary-Mitchell Campbell, the music supervisor of Doyle's Company, for which she won a Drama Desk for her orchestrations, is the concert's music director. The list of ladies who sing the songs of Tony-winning composer-lyricist Sondheim will also include Debra Monk, Laura Benanti and Pamela Myers.

Doyle will write, direct and host the 90-minute evening (billed as a musical revue).

For the record, Lansbury starred in Anyone Can Whistle, Sweeney Todd and the first Broadway revival of Gypsy; LuPone was Mrs. Lovett in the recent Sweeney Todd and stars in the current Broadway Gypsy; Monk was Joanne in 1995's Company; Benanti was Cinderella in the recent Into the Woods and is Louise in the current Gypsy; Myers was in the original Company. Here's how Telecharge bills the show: "Angela Lansbury is back on Broadway singing Sondheim with Patti LuPone and other Broadway notables, in a star-studded event directed and hosted by Tony-winner John Doyle, who weaves together a glorious songbook."

The evening will benefit The Acting Company, the not-for-profit touring troupe founded in 1972 by John Houseman and current producing director Margot Harley with members of the first graduating class of Juilliard's Drama Division. Alumni members include Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, David Schramm, Jesse L. Martin, Keith David, Lorraine Toussaint, David Ogden Stiers, Mary Lou Rosato, Lisa Banes, Derek Smith, Frances Conroy, Dennis Boutsikaris, Jeffrey Wright and Rainn Wilson.

The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim ticket prices range $101.50-$251.50. The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is at 236 W. 45th Street.

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The Acting Company gives young actors the chance to perform classic works, and exposes underserved communities to theatre. The troupe has performed 129 productions for over two million people in 48 states and nine foreign countries.

In the 2007-08 season, the company presented Shakespeare's The Tempest and Moby Dick Rehearsed, Orson Welles' stage adaptation of the classic novel by Herman Melville, directed by Casey Biggs. The 2008-09 season will feature Shakespeare's Henry V (co-produced by The Guthrie Theatre) and the world premiere of The Spy, an adaptation of a James Fenimore Cooper novel, directed by the Guthrie's John-Miller Stephany.

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