Bernadette Peters, Hannah Waddingham, More Will Perform Stephen Sondheim Concert in London

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Stephen Sondheim | Photo: Michael Le Poer Trench

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Dan Meyer
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March 4, 2022 12:45 PM
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Broadway and West End stars will descend on London this spring to pay tribute to the late composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Those confirmed in the lineup are Michael Ball, Petula Clark, Judi Dench, Daniel Evans, Bonnie Langford, Adrian Lester, Damian Lewis, Julia Mckenzie, Elaine Paige, Bernadette Peters, Clive Rowe, Imelda Staunton, and Hannah Waddingham.

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends will take place May 3 at the Sondheim Theatre. More artists are expected to be announced for the concert, which will serve as a kickstarter for the Stephen Sondheim Foundation, which was stipulated in the namesake’s will. The foundation will help aspiring theatremakers in their creative pursuits.

“It is impossible to overstate the influence and contribution Stephen Sondheim has made to musical theatre, both personally and professionally,” said lead producer Cameron Mackintosh. “He was as great a teacher as he was an incomparable writer and the ‘Little Things’ that he did for so many people forged legions of friendships throughout his long life… Steve was so prolific and profound as a writer that it’s impossible to put together a definitive list of his greatest songs, as everyone has their own favorites, so our choice of songs will purely reflect the joy and love I have for one of the greatest ‘Broadway Babies’ of all time.”

The staging is directed by Matthew Bourne and Maria Friedman with choreography by Stephen Mear. Also serving on the creative team are musical director Alfonso Casado Trigo, musical supervisor Stephen Brooker, musical arranger Stephen Metcalfe, set designer Matt Kinley, lighting designer Warren Letton, sound designer Mick Potter. Trigo will conduct a 26-piece orchestra.

For more information, visit SondheimOldFriends.com

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.