A rousing celebration of the life and work of one of Broadway's greatest legends; the one and only Stephen Sondheim. For the master composer and lyricist's 80th birthday, many of music theater's brightest stars gathered to perform more than two dozen sensational numbers from Sondheim's illustrious career. David Hyde Pierce hosts with Paul Gemignani conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, live March 15-16, 2010 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
The cast, with a treasury of Tony Awards among them, delight in performing classic as well as less often heard gems from Sondheim's many Broadway shows. Joanna Gleason and Chip Zien reunite from Into the Woods, Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin perform chilling pieces from Sunday in the Park with George and Patti Lupone, George Hearn and Michael Cerveris team together for a special take on their Sweeney Todd showstoppers, among many others. The Beautiful Girls sextet of performances alone is reason enough to collect this offering.