S is for Stephen Sondheim. Highlights of the 90th Birthday Concert, plus full video

To celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday (which actually took place on March 22, 2020), Raúl Esparza organized a concert extravaganza on the 50th anniversary of the opening of Sondheim’s Company, featuring some 45 songs and tributes over two and a half hours (not including the hour-long technical delay)  Below are both the entire show, courtesy of Broadway.Com,  and the playlist. But first, some highlights.

With help from his two children, Neil Patrick Harris sings “The Witch’s Rap” from Into The Woods

Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt sing “It Takes Two” from Into The Woods

Josh Groban sings “Children Will Listen” from Into the Woods and “Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd

Raúl Esparza sings “Take Me To The World” from Evening Primrose as part of the concert he organized (and named after that song). In case the musical is unfamiliar to you, it was written specifically for the TV series, ABC Stage 67, broadcast on November 16, 1966, and never made it to Broadway. With a book by James Goldman based on a John Collier’s short story, it’s a spooky tale about a group who secretly live in a department store, never venturing outside.

Donna Murphy sings “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music

Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal sing “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George

Patti LuPone sings “Anyone Can Whistle,” from one of the earliest musicals for which he supplied the full score (1964), while she reveals another room in her fabulous home.

Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald, & Meryl Streep sing “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Company, and very convincingly simulate drinking. (If there was an 11 o’clock number in this concert, this was it — and it occurred at 11 o’clock.)

You’ll notice that none of these video clips offered the full song. For that, the complete concert, below. (The full Ladies Who Lunch number, for example, starts at around 158:45.) The concert is a fundraiser for ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty)

 

Playlist

For what it’s worth, the songs from Into The Woods (which debuted on Broadway in 1987) were the most frequently picked by the performers, followed by a tie between Follies (1971) and Sunday in the Park With George (1983).

Stephen Schwartz – “Prologue” (Follies)

Broadway Musicians – “Overture”

Sutton Foster with Emily Griffin – “ There Won’t Be Trumpets” (Anyone Can Whistle)

Neil Patrick Harris with Gideon Burtka-Harris and Harper Burtka-Harris – “The Witch’s Rap” (Into The Woods)

Kelli O’Hara – “What More Do I Need” (Saturday Night)

Judy Kuhn – “What Can You Lose” (Dick Tracy)

Victor Garber – Tribute to Sondheim

Katrina Lenk – “Johanna” (Sweeney Todd)

Aaron Tveit – “Marry Me A Little” (Company)

Iain Armitage – Plea to donate to ASTEP

Beanie Feldstein & Ben Platt – “It Takes Two” (Into The Woods)

Brandon Uranowitz – “With So Little to Be Sure Of” (Anyone Can Whistle)

Mary-Mitchell Campbell & Priyanka Patil – Plea to donate to ASTEP

Melissa Errico – “Children and Art” (Sunday in the Park with George)

Randy Rainbow – “By The Sea” (Sweeney Todd)

Elizabeth Stanley – “The Miller’s Son” (A Little Night Music)

Mandy Patinkin – “Lesson #8” (Sunday in the Park with George)

Steven Spielberg – Tribute to Sondheim

Maria Friedman – “Broadway Baby” (Follies)

Lin-Manuel Miranda – “Giants in the Sky” (Into The Woods)

Lonny Price – Tribute to Sondheim

Lea Salonga – “Loving You” (Passion)

Laura Benanti – “I Remember” (Evening Primrose)

Raúl Esparza – Plea to donate to ASTEP

Chip Zien – “No More” (Into The Woods)

Joanna Gleason – Tribute to Sondheim

Josh Groban – “Children Will Listen” (Into the Woods) / “Not While I’m Around” (Sweeney Todd)

John Weidman – Tribute to Sondheim

Brian Stokes Mitchell – “The Flag Song“ (Assassins)

Michael Cerveris – “Finishing The Hat” (Sunday in the Park with George)

Jason Alexander – Tribute to Sondheim

Linda Lavin – “The Boy From…” (The Mad Show)

Elizabeth Stanley – Plea to donate to ASTEP

Alexander Gemignani – “Buddy’s Blues” (Follies)

Ann Harada, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh, and Thom Sesma – “Someone in a Tree” (Pacific Overtures)

Nathan Lane – Tribute to Sondheim

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Plea to donate to ASTEP

Raúl Esparza – “Take Me To The World” (Evening Primrose)

Donna Murphy – “Send in the Clowns” (A Little Night Music)

Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald, & Meryl Streep – “The Ladies Who Lunch” (Company)

Annaleigh Ashford & Jake Gyllenhaal – “Move On” (Sunday in the Park with George)

Patti LuPone – “Anyone Can Whistle” (Anyone Can Whistle)

Bernadette Peters – “No One is Alone” (Into The Woods)

Members of the Broadway Community – “I’m Still Here” (Follies)

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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