Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration
Sunday, April 26, 8pm.
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Legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim will be toasted with an all-star birthday concert, streaming live on this Sunday. Hosted by Raúl Esparza, with musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and coinciding with the 50th Broadway anniversary of Sondheim’s Company.
This once-in-a-lifetime event, benefiting ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty), will include songs of inspiration from the Sondheim catalog performed by many of the artists who delivered iconic turns in his musicals, including Meryl Streep, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Audra McDonald, Christine Baranski, Donna Murphy, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Aaron Tveit, Maria Friedman, Katrina Lenk, Michael Cerveris, Brandon Uranowitz, Elizabeth Stanley,Iain Armitage, Stephen Schwartz and, from the cast of Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company, Ann Harada, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh and Thom Sesma.
April 25 – May 27, 2020
Alfred Molina, who played Mexican muralist Diego Rivera opposite Salma Hayek’s Frida Kahlo in the 2002 bio-drama “Frida,” went on to play abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko in the original 2009 London production of John Logan’s Red.
The two-character play went on to win six Tony Awards including best play in 2010, and Molina returned to the Rothko role nearly a decade later for a staging that was filmed for a 2019 installment of the PBS series “Great Performances.”
April 23 – May 14
The famed Stratford Festival is launching a film festival during this period of social isolation, offering free streaming of 12 Shakespeare productions captured as part of its Stratford Festival On Film series. This is the first time the full-length versions of these productions have been available for free.
It launches on Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23, with King Lear, directed by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and featuring Colm Feore in the title role.
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