Tuesday, March 16

Stephen Sondheim's 80th Birthday Celebrations in the UK

Stephen Sondheim celebrates his 80th birthday next Monday, March 22nd and celebrations taking places in UK theatres and concert halls include:

Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurent’s Anyone Can Whistle is to be presented at the Jermyn Street Theatre  from 10th March to 17th April and will star Issy van Randwyck from Fascinating Aida, David Ricardo-Pearce and Rosalie Craig.

Finishing the Hat  concert at the King’s Head Theatre on Sondheim's actual birthday on  22nd March includes West End performers Aimie Atkinson (Zorro), Lucy May Barker (Spring Awakening), John Barr (Ragtime), Rebecca Caine (Phantom of the Opera), Tim Driesen (Never Forget), Adrian Hansel (Hairspray), Jenna Lee-James (We Will Rock You), Jodie Beth Meyer (High School Musical), Jason Pennycooke (La Cage Aux Folles), Nigel Richards (Les Miserables), Gerard McCarthy (Saturday Night Fever) and  Gabriel Vick (A Little Night Music).

Musical Theatre students attending the concert can bring sheet music of a Sondheim song of their choice which will be put into a hat and the winner drawn out will perform that evening.

Stephen Sondheim's 80th Birthday Gala at the Cadogan Hall in London on Saturday 3rd April at 7.30pm: The concert will feature the very best of Stephen Sondheim from his award-winning shows including Sweeney Todd, Follies and Into the Woods including the classic songs Send in the Clowns, Losing My Mind, Agony and Being Alive with vocalists Maria Friedman, Daniel Evans and Graham Bickley accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with David Firman as Musical Director.

A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim Side by Side at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Saturday 10th April: will feature classics from Send in the Clowns, A Little Night Music, West Side Story, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis with soloists Mary Carewe and Graham Bickley.

The Night of 1000 Voices will be held on Sunday 2nd May at the Royal Albert Hall.  In 2010 it will be a triple celebration: honouring the 80th birthday of Stephen Sondheim, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Leukaemia Research and marking the 10th year of this gala.

The Stephen Sondheim musical Passion examines the power of love in a haunting story of desire, sacrifice and redemption.  It runs at the Donmar Warehouse from 10th September - 27th November (Booking opens 12th April)

Into the Woods is based on stories of the Brothers Grimm which Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine have adapted to give a dark and humorous twist.  The famous tales of Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and Rapunzel (who lets her hair down) are interwoven with the story of the Baker and his Wife who are trying to have children.  It opens at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park on 5th August and runs until 11th September 2010

Sondhem at the Donmar: Thursday 16th September Michael Grandage and Sam Mendes in conversation about staging Sondheim at the Donmar

Stephen Sondheim in Discussion: Monday 11th October - Stephen Sondheim in conversation about his life and work at the Donmar Warehouse

Company: Sunday 31st October  - concert performance at the Donmar Warehouse

Merrily We Roll Along :  Sunday 7th November - concert performance at the Donmar Warehouse

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