All-star company announced for Stephen Sondheim’s 90th Birthday virtual concert on Sunday 26th April 2020!

Top row: Donna Murphy, Kristin Chenoweth, Raúl Esparza, Meryl Streep, Audra McDonald, Aaron Tveit, Kelli O’Hara, Maria Friedman; Bottom row: Katrina Lenk, Michael Cerveris, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Sutton Foster, Christine Baranski and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Photo © Broadway.com

An all-star company will perform in a special virtual concert in celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th Birthday, “Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration”, which will be available to watch on Broadway.com and the Broadway.com YouTube channel this Sunday (26 April 2020) at 20:00 ET (1:00 UK time!).

The free online event, hosted by Raúl Esparza, is set to take place on the exact 50th anniversary of the opening night of Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical Company, which debuted on Broadway on 26 April 1970.

The event will include songs of inspiration from the Sondheim catalog featuring performances from many of the artists who delivered iconic turns in his shows, including Meryl Streep, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Christine Baranski, Donna Murphy, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Aaron Tveit, Maria Friedman, Iain Armitage, Katrina Lenk, Michael Cerveris, Brandon Uranowitz, Stephen Schwartz, Elizabeth Stanley, Chip Zien, Alexander Gemignani, and, from the cast of Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company, Ann Harada, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh and Thom Sesma.

Drama Desk Award winner Mary-Mitchell Campbell is the evening’s music director, with Paul Wontorek serving as director.

This special online event will act as a fundraiser for ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty), the organization conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with youth from underserved communities in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.

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