Wall to Wall Sondheim Sings for 12 Hours March 19

News   Wall to Wall Sondheim Sings for 12 Hours March 19
There will be wall-to-wall Stephen Sondheim fans March 19 at Symphony Space, when over 100 artists will help celebrate the 75th birthday of famed Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim

Wall to Wall Sondheim is set to begin at 11 AM at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre and will continue for 12 hours at the New York City landmark. XM Satellite Radio will broadcast the marathon concert in its entirety; WNYC Radio (93.9 FM) will also broadcast a portion of the event from noon-4 PM on "The Jonathan Schwartz Show."

As of press time, those scheduled to take part in the gala event include Karen Akers, George Lee Andrews, Michael Arden, Ivy Austin, Becky Ann Baker, Kate Baldwin, Christine Baranski, Barbara Barrie, Laura Benanti, Polly Bergen, Rob Berman, Pat Birch, André Bishop, Blair Brown, Sidney J. Burgoyne, Kate Burton, Liz Callaway, Mario Cantone, Carolee Carmello, Patrick Cassidy, Michael Cerveris, Ted Chapin, Barbara Cook, Charlotte d'Amboise, Christina Dahl, Jason Danieley, Sam Davis, Jed Distler, Gregg Edelman, Melissa Errico, Raul Esparza, Harvey Evans, Chris Fenwick, Danielle Ferland, Leonard Fleischer, Freda Foh Shen, Alexander Gemignani, Joanna Gleason, Annie Golden, Randy Graff, Debbie Gravitte, David Green, John Guare, Mary Rodgers Guettel, Jonathan Hadary, Todd Haimes, Sheldon Harnick, George Hearn, Hudson Shad, Dana Ivey, Francis Jue, The Juilliard Choral Union (conducted by Judith Clurman), Judy Kaye, Marc Kudisch, Judy Kuhn, Angela Lansbury, James Lapine, Darren Lee, Telly Leung, Andrew Lippa, Emily Loesser, Patti LuPone, Richard Maltby, Mackenzie Mauzy, Marin Mazzie, Lanny Meyers, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Beata Moon, Mark Nadler, James Naughton, Phyllis Newman, Daniel Jay Park, Mary Beth Peil, Kurt Peterson, Lonny Price, Charlie Prince, Patrick Quinn, Angelina Reaux, Sarah Rice, Frank Rich, Tony Roberts, Marti Rolph, Josh Rosenblum, Jonathan Schwartz, Thomas Z. Shepard, Matt Sklar, David Staller, Marsha Perry Starkes, Georgia Stitt, KT Sullivan, Christina Sunnerstam, Kathleen Supové, Thom Warren, John Weidman, Joss Whedon, Richard White, B.D. Wong, the Ying Quartet, Nora York, Eric Jordan Young and Jerry Zaks.

The day's schedule, which is subject to change, follows:

11 AM - 2 PM

Into the Woods Junior
Introduction by Freddie Gershon, CEO of Music Theatre International
Excerpts from Into the Woods Junior (1988, rev. 1998) Part of Music Theatre International's Broadway Junior Collection

Directors - Tim McDonald, Marty Johnson
Musical Director - Bryan Louiselle
Stage Manager - Susie Saylor
Assistant Stage Manager - Jeffrey D. Daniels Duncan

Cast: Allison Canning (Baker's Wife), Lily DePaula (Cinderella), Kevin Tate Flowers (Narrator), Seth Garben (Baker), Rebekah Gordon (Witch), Andrew Hidalgo (Cinderella's Father), Sami Kaye (Stepsister), Emily Mack (Little Red Ridinghood), Christopher Matarlo (Milky White), Justin Przybycien (Jack), Molly Rabinowitz (Jack's Mother), Kyla Rivera (Stepsister), Katie Taveras (Cinderella's Stepmother) and the Broadway Junior Chorus

Some Early Sondheim
"I Must Be Dreaming" from All That Glitters (1948)
Debra Joyal, Telly Leung – Josh Rosenblum, piano

"How Do I Know?" from Phinney's Rainbow (1948)
Patrick Quinn – Thomas Murray, piano

A Very Short Violin Sonata (1951)
Christina Sunnerstam, violin

"I'm in Love with a Boy" from Climb High (1951)
Emily Skinner – Josh Rosenblum, piano

"The Girls of Summer" from The Girls of Summer (1956)
Freda Foh Shen – Josh Rosenblum, piano

"Small World" from Gypsy (1959)
(Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)
Angelina Reaux – Alex Rybeck, piano

"Truly Content" from Passionella (1962)
Becky Ann Baker – Josh Rosenblum, piano

"Anyone Can Whistle" from Anyone Can Whistle (1964)
Marsha Perry Starkes – Lanny Meyers, piano

"Someone Woke Up" from Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965)
(Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)
Andrea Burns – Tom Murray, piano

Noon-4 PM

Jonathan Schwartz - The Saturday Show
Company (1970)
Introduction by Barbara Barrie

John Dossett, David Staller, Richard White – Josh Rosenblum, piano

"Getting Married Today"
Sarah Rice, Alice Ripley, David Staller, Richard White – Josh Rosenblum, piano

"Marry Me a Little"
Gregg Edelman – Rob Berman, piano

"What More Do I Need?" from Saturday Night (1954)
"With So Little to Be Sure of" from Anyone Can Whistle (1964)
Liz Callaway – Alex Rybeck, piano

"Goodbye for Now" from "Reds" (1981)
Tierney Sutton – Christian Jacob, piano

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962)
Introduction by Jerry Zaks

Michael Arden, Sheldon Harnick – Lanny Meyers, piano

"Everybody Ought to Have a Maid"
Harvey Evans, David Green, Jonathan Hadary, David Staller – Rob Berman, piano

"No One Is Alone"
Chip Zien, Tom Murray

The Art of the Cast Album
Jonathan Schwartz, Thomas Z. Shepard

“The Ladies Who Lunch" from Company (1970)
Elaine Stritch – Rob Bowman, piano

"Everybody Says Don't" from Anyone Can Whistle (1964)
David Green – Lanny Meyers, piano

"So Many People" from Saturday Night (1954)
KT Sullivan – Mark Nadler, piano

Comedy This Afternoon!
"Can That Boy Foxtrot?" cut from Follies (1971)
Emily Skinner – Josh Rosenblum, piano

"Another Hundred Lyrics"
(Music by Stephen Sondheim, Lyrics by Laura Mayer)
Ivy Austin – Rob Berman, piano

"Don't Laugh" from Hot Spot (1963)
(Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Martin Charnin and Stephen Sondheim)
Phyllis Newman – Sam Davis, piano

"I Never Do Anything Twice" from The Seven Percent Solution (1975)
Kate Burton – Josh Rosenblum, piano

"Agony" from Into the Woods (1988)
Jason Danieley, Gregg Edelman – Sam Davis, piano

The Ying Quartet
"Children" (themes from Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George)
Arrangement by Andrew Lippa
Timothy Ying – violin, Janet Ying – violin, Phillip Ying – viola, David Ying – cello

"The Miller's Son" from A Little Night Music (1973)
Kate Baldwin – Rob Berman, piano

"Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music (1973)
Karen Akers – Don Rebic, piano

2 PM-5 PM
A Talk With Steve
Jonathan Schwartz, moderator; James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim, John Weidman

Sunday in the Park with George (1984)
"Sunday in the Park with George"
Michael Cerveris, Melissa Errico – Rob Berman, piano

"No Life"
Dana Ivey, Isaiah Sheffer – Rob Berman, piano

"Color and Light"
Michael Cerveris, Melissa Errico – Rob Berman, piano

Michael Cerveris, Mary Beth Peil – Rob Berman, piano

"Concertino for Two Pianos" (1952)
Stephen Gosling and Beata Moon, pianos

Follies (1971)
Introduction by Theodore S. Chapin, reading from his book "Everything Was Possible"

"Love Will See Us Through"
Michael Arden, Kate Baldwin, Lauren Kennedy, Thom Christopher Warren – Sam Davis, piano

“Follies Remix” (Arrangement by Jed Distler)
Jed Distler and Kathleen Supové, pianos

Alan Campbell with Ayelet Arbuckle, Kate Baldwin – Sam Davis, piano

Pacific Overtures (1976)
Eric Jordan Young, Telly Leung – Sam Davis, piano

"Please Hello"
Evan D'Angeles, Alvin Ing, Francis Jue, Darren Lee, Sab Shimono, Scott Watanabe, B. D. Wong – Sam Davis, piano

"Pretty Lady"
Rick Edinger, Darren Lee, Telly Leung – Sam Davis, piano

Passion (1994)
"Loving You"
Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn – Sam Davis, piano

The Ying Quartet
"Night Waltzes" from A Little Night Music (1973)
Arrangement by Michael Starobin

Nora York
“I Remember” from Evening Primrose (1966)
“Being Alive" from Company (1970)
(Arrangements by Nora York)
Nora York – Charlie Giordano - accordion, Dave Hofstra - bass, Steve Tarshis - guitar

5 PM-8 PM

Sondheim and American Popular Culture
Frank Rich, Moderator; Melissa Bernardo, Andrew Lippa, Stephen Sondheim, Joss Whedon

Between-Shows Broadway
"The Boy from . . ." from The Mad Show (1966)
(Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)
Joanna Gleason – Lanny Meyers, piano

"Silly People" cut from A Little Night Music (1973)
George Lee Andrews – Chris Fenwick, piano

"There Won't Be Trumpets" cut from Anyone Can Whistle (1964)
Carolee Carmello – Chris Fenwick, piano

"Not a Day Goes By" from Merrily We Roll Along (1981)
Myra Lucretia Taylor – Lanny Meyers, piano

"Move On" from Sunday in the Park with George (1984)
Carolee Carmello, Gregg Edelman – Chris Fenwick, piano

"Broadway Baby" from Follies (1971)
Judy Kaye – Lanny Meyers, piano

Assassins (1990)
"The Ballad of Booth"
Patrick Cassidy, Michael Cerveris – Chris Fenwick, piano

"Unworthy of Your Love"
Alexander Gemignani, Annie Golden – Chris Fenwick, piano

The Ying Quartet

"Fear No More" from The Frogs (1974)
(Music by Stephen Sondheim, Poem by William Shakespeare)
David Staller

"I Know Things Now" from Into the Woods (1988)
Kate Baldwin

"Losing My Mind" from Follies (1971)
Angelina Reaux

Arrangements by Georgia Stitt

Merrily We Roll Along (1981)
Introduction by Len Fleisher, Lonny Price and Daisy Prince

"Opening Doors"
Ivy Austin, Sidney J. Burgoyne, Danielle Ferland, Alexander Gemignani, Thom Christopher Warrren, Emily Loesser – Chris Fenwick, piano

My Favorite Lyrics
Joel Fram, Moderator; Jason Robert Brown, Richard Maltby, Georgia Stitt

"The Ladies Who Lunch" from Company (1970)

"How I Saved Roosevelt" from Assassins (1990)

"By the Sea" from Sweeney Todd (1978)
Freda Foh Shen – David Shire, piano

The Waltz King of Our Day
Introduction by David Shire

"The Sun Won't Set" from A Little Night Music (1973)
Hudson Shad (Mark Bleeke - First Tenor, Timothy Leigh Evans - Second Tenor, Eric Edlund - Baritone, Peter Becker - Bass/Baritone, Wilbur Pauley - Bass, Michael Fennelly - piano)

"Could I Leave You?" from Follies (1971)
Randy Graff – Chris Fenwick, piano

"Bowler Hat" from Pacific Overtures (1976)
Telly Leung – Chris Fenwick, piano

8 PM-11 PM

The American Theatre Orchestra
Paul Gemignani, Musical Director
Ronald Sell, Orchestra Manager

"Symphonic Sondheim - Sweeney Todd Suite"
(Arrangement by Don Sebesky)

"Invocation & Instructions to the Audience" from The Frogs (1974)
Patrick Quinn, Isaiah Sheffer, The Symphonettes

"Now/Later/Soon" from A Little Night Music (1973)
Laura Benanti, John Dossett, Danny Gurwin

"The Glamorous Life" from the film A Little Night Music (1977)
Mackenzie Mauzy, conducted by Jonathan Tunick

"A Weekend in the Country" from A Little Night Music (1973)
Introduction by Pat Birch
Kate Baldwin, Laura Benanti, John Dossett, Randy Graff, Danny Gurwin, Marc Kudisch, with Maren Berthelsen, Leena Chopra, Debra Joyal. conducted by Charles Prince

"Another Hundred People" from Company (1970)
Ivy Austin

"If You Can Find Me, I'm Here" from Evening Primrose (1966)
Neil Patrick Harris

"Happiness" from Passion (1994)
Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie

"Symphonic Sondheim - Comedy Tonight" from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
(Arrangement by Don Sebesky)

"Giants in the Sky" from Into the Woods (1988)
Michael Arden

"The Gun Song" from Assassins (1990)
Becky Ann Baker, Michael Cerveris, James Clow, Merwin Foard

"The Ballad of Czolgosz" from Assassins (1990)
Patrick Cassidy, with Ivy Austin, Sidney J. Burgoyne, Debra Joyal, Thom Christopher Warren

"Being Alive" from Company (1970)
Patti LuPone

Piano Songs

"Saturday Night" from Saturday Night (1954)
Hudson Shad

"Take Me to the World" from Evening Primrose (1966)
Alvin Ing – Chris Fenwick, piano

"Merrily We Roll Along"
"The Hills of Tomorrow"
from Merrily We Roll Along (1981)
(Arrangements by Jason Robert Brown)
The Juilliard Choral Union, conducted by Judith Clurman – Jason Robert Brown, piano

"Children Will Listen" from Into the Woods (1988)
B. D. Wong – Chris Fenwick, piano

Overture from Merrily We Roll Along (1981)

"Green Finch and Linnet Bird" from Sweeney Todd (1978)
Heidi Grant Murphy

"A Little Priest" from Sweeney Todd (1978)
George Hearn, Angela Lansbury

"Losing My Mind" from Follies (1971)
Donna Murphy

"Me and My Town" from Anyone Can Whistle (1964)
Debbie Gravitte, Hudson Shad

"Franklin Shepard, Inc." from Merrily We Roll Along (1981)
Lonny Price, Michael Cerveris

"The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened" from Bounce (2003)
Gregg Edelman, Michele Pawk

"Finishing the Hat" from Sunday in the Park with George (1984)
Neil Patrick Harris

"Waiting for the Girls Upstairs" from Follies (1971)
Michael Arden, Kate Baldwin, Harvey Evans, Emily Loesser, Michele Pawk, Kurt Peterson, Marti Rolph, Thom Christopher Warren

"Not a Day Goes By" from Merrily We Roll Along (1981)

"I'm Still Here" from Follies (1971)
Debra Monk

"Too Many Mornings" from Follies (1971)
Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie

"Someone in a Tree" from Pacific Overtures (1976)
Evan D'Angeles, Alvin Ing, Telly Leung, B. D. Wong, conducted by Charles Prince

"Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music (1973)
John Dossett, Michele Pawk

"In Buddy's Eyes" from Follies (1971)
Barbara Cook – Jeffrey Harris, piano, Pete Donovan, bass

"Sunday" from Sunday in the Park with George (1984)
(Arrangement by Jason Robert Brown)
The Juilliard Choral Union

Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim has written a plethora of critically acclaimed, award-winning musicals, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Passion. He also contributed lyrics to West Side Story and Gypsy, and his new musical, Bounce, played Chicago and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His revised productions of The Frogs and Pacific Overtures were on Broadway stages earlier this season, and the 2004 staging of Assassins won five Tonys, including one for Best Revival of a Musical. Sondheim was also celebrated at the Kennedy Center with all-star stagings of six of his musicals — Company, Sweeney, Merrily, Night Music, Sunday and Passion.

The free Wall to Wall Stephen Sondheim concert will play the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, located in Manhattan at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. Doors open at 10:30 AM, and seating is on a first come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.symphonyspace.org. There is a Wall to Wall hotline as well: call (212) 864-1414, ext. 403.

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