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★★★★★ “Unmissable musical theatre” – The Times

Celebrate the extraordinary legacy of musicals composer Stephen Sondheim with Cameron Mackintosh’s new musical revue Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends.

Following a spectacular concert held in May 2022 to celebrate the life and work of Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, Cameron Mackintosh presents Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends in the West End, at the Gielgud Theatre.

An extraordinary cast includes multi-Tony Award winning Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, plus Miss Saigon and Les Mis star Lea Salonga, and West End stars Clare Burt (Flowers for Mrs Harris), Janie Dee (Follies), Bonnie Langford (Anything Goes), Joanna Riding (Follies), Jeremy Secomb (Sweeney Todd), Beatrice Penny-Touré (Phantom), Christine Allado (Hamilton), Bradley Jaden (Wicked, Les Miserables) and Jac Yarrow (Joseph).

Stephen Sondheim, who died in 2021, was one of the greatest ever writers of musicals, including Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins and Company.

Conceived and created with Stephen Sondheim’s input and blessing, this extraordinary new musical revue follows the two previous official Sondheim revues, Side by Side by Sondheim and Putting it Together, as being the definitive celebration of the work of a musicals genius.

The show is directed by Matthew Bourne with Julia McKenzie, and choreography by Stephen Mear.

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends runs at the Gielgud Theatre in London from 21 September 2023 to 6 January 2024.

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Who is in the cast of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends?

The West End show is set to star Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, with Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon), Christine Allado (Hamilton), Janie Dee (Follies), Bonnie Langford (Anything Goes), Jeremy Secomb (Sweeney Todd), Beatrice Penny-Touré (The Phantom of the Opera), Joanna Riding (Follies), Jac Yarrow (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Clare Burt  (Flowers for Mrs Harris), Damian Humbley (The Great British Bake Off Musical), Bradley Jaden (Wicked, Les Miserables), Gavin Lee (Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins) and Jason Pennycooke (Hamilton).

The company will also include Marley Fenton, Harry Apps, Bella Brown and Monique Young.

Who are the creative team of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends?

Conceived by Cameron Mackintosh and Stephen Sondheim, Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, Directed by Matthew Bourne, with Julia McKenzie. Choreography by Stephen Mear, Conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo, Musical supervision by Stephen Brooker, Musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, Set design by Matt Kinley, Projection design by George Reeve, Lighting design by Warren Letton, Sound design by Mick Potter.

 


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Reviews of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends

★★★★★ "A five-star celebration of Stephen Sondheim" - The Financial Times (Gielgud Theatre)
★★★★★ "This is unmissable musical theatre" - The Times (Gielgud Theatre)
★★★★★ "a knockout tribute to the master of musicals" - The Telegraph (Gielgud Theatre)
★★★★★ "Perfectly crafted West End love letter to one of the greats" - What's On Stage (Gielgud Theatre)
★★★★★ "A stellar tribute to Stephen Sondheim" - The Sunday Times (Gielgud Theatre)
★★★★★ "It's a love-letter, a love-in, a gathering of old friends" - Daily Mail (Gielgud Theatre)
★★★★★ "The quality just keeps coming in Matthew Bourne's fluid, expertly drilled show" - Mail on Sunday (Gielgud Theatre)
★★★★ "It is terrific" - The Observer (Gielgud Theatre)
★★★★ "Musical big guns pay tribute to the genius of Stephen Sondheim" - The Evening Standard (Gielgud Theatre)
★★★★ "Slick, sexy and sophisticated" - i News (Gielgud Theatre)
★★★★ "Lavish blockbuster" - The Stage (Gielgud Theatre)

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Performance dates
Booking to 6 January 2024
Age restrictions
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted.
Running time
2 hours and 30 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

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Gielgud Theatre, 35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
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Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends gala concert cast recording to be released
Cameron Mackintosh and First Night Records have announced the release of a cast recording of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends: A Celebration (Live at the Sondheim Theatre). The live recording will be available as a 2-disc CD set and in digital and streaming formats on Friday 8 December 2023. The CD - available in the UK and US - will include a 16-page booklet with colour photography and essays by Cameron Mackintosh and journalist David Benedict. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends Gala Concert - 2-disc CD cover design The gala concert, which celebrated the life of Stephen Sondheim, who died in November 2021 aged 91, took place at the Sondheim Theatre in London on 3 May 2022, and starred a number of Broadway, West End and movie legends. The album will feature 41 Sondheim songs, and was produced by Lee McCutcheon, Stephen Metcalfe, and Cameron Mackintosh. Devised and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, the 2022 Gala was an instant sell-out, staged by Matthew Bourne and Maria Friedman, and scored great reviews from the critics. The show was also broadcast on the BBC. [ngg src="galleries" ids="791" display="basic_slideshow"] The album features an array of sensational stars including Shan Ako, Christine Allado, Michael Ball, Rob Brydon, Ashley Campbell, Helena Bonham Carter, Anna-Jane Casey, Desmonda Cathabel, Petula Clark, Rosalie Craig, Janie Dee, Judi Dench, Daniel Evans, Maria Friedman, Josefina Gabrielle, Louis Gaunt, Amy Griffiths, Haydn Gwynne, Rob Houchen, Holly-Anne Hull, Bradley Jaden, Bonnie Langford, Damian Lewis, Julia McKenzie, Ian McLarnon, Julian Ovenden, Bernadette Peters, Siân Phillips, Jon Robyns, Clive Rowe, Jenna Russell, Jeremy Secomb, Jordan Shaw, Imelda Staunton, Charlie Stemp, Matthew White, Gary Wilmot, and Michael D. Xavier, students from Mountview, and The Royal Academy Musical Theatre Company. Based on the concert, Cameron Mackintosh has also produced the show Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - which is now playing at the Gielgud Theatre in London until 6 January 2024. The current West End show features an extraordinary cast including multi-Tony Award winning Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, plus Miss Saigon and Les Mis star Lea Salonga, and West End stars Clare Burt (Flowers for Mrs Harris), Janie Dee (Follies), Bonnie Langford (Anything Goes), Joanna Riding (Follies), Jeremy Secomb (Sweeney Todd), Beatrice Penny-Touré (Phantom), Christine Allado (Hamilton), Bradley Jaden (Wicked, Les Miserables) and Jac Yarrow (Joseph). There's no news on if or when a cast recording of the current West End show might be available. ORDER THE CD ON AMAZON > Book tickets to Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends – Track Listing Also see: The song list for the Gala concert and West End show. DISC ONE 1) Opening – Side by Side – Ashley Campbell, Rosalie Craig, Daniel Evans, Josefina Gabrielle, Amy Griffiths, Bradley Jaden, Julia McKenzie, Jenna Russell2) Introduction – Cameron Mackintosh3) Comedy Tonight – Rob Brydon, Clive Rowe, Gary Wilmot, Full Company4) Company – Full Company5) The Little Things You Do Together – Haydn Gwynne, Rob Brydon6) You Could Drive a Person Crazy – Anna-Jane Casey, Janie Dee, Josefina Gabrielle7) Live Alone and Like It – Clive Rowe8) Loving You – Michael Ball9) Getting Married Today – Anna-Jane Casey, Holly-Anne Hull, Jon Robyns, Full Company10) Into the Woods – Full Company11) Agony – Julian Ovenden, Michael D. Xavier12) I Know Things Now – Bernadette Peters13) Hello, Little Girl – Bernadette Peters14) Children Will Listen – Bernadette Peters15) A Weekend in the Country – Full Company16) Send In the Clowns – Judi Dench17) The Ballad of Sweeney Todd – Michael Ball, Full Company18) The Worst Pies in London – Michael Ball, Maria Friedman19) My Friends – Michael Ball20) Pretty Women – Michael Ball, Jeremy Secomb21) A Little Priest – Michael Ball, Maria Friedman22) The Ladies Who Lunch – Haydn Gwynne23) Sunday – Daniel Evans, Bernadette Peters, Full Company DISC TWO 1) Entr’acte – Overture from Merrily We Roll Along – Orchestra2) Tonight Quintet – Christine Allado, Shan Ako, Louis Gaunt, Rob Houchen, and Students from Mountview and The Royal Academy Musical Theatre Company3) Broadway Baby – Helena Bonham Carter, Rosalie Craig, Maria Friedman, Bonnie Langford, Cameron Mackintosh, Julia McKenzie, Bernadette Peters, Jenna Russell, Gary Wilmot, Full Company4) Everybody Ought to Have a Maid – Rob Brydon, Julian Ovenden, Siân Phillips5) You Gotta Get a Gimmick – Anna-Jane Casey, Bonnie Langford, Bernadette Peters6) Waiting for the Girls Upstairs – Ashley Campbell, Rob Houchen, Bradley Jaden, Charlie Stemp7) I’m Still Here – Petula Clark8) Could I Leave You? – Michael Ball9) Buddy’s Blues – Gary Wilmot10) The Boy From… – Janie Dee11) Losing My Mind – Bernadette Peters12) Everything’s Coming Up Roses – Imelda Staunton13) Duelling Pianos14) Not a Day Goes By – Michael Ball, Rosalie Craig, Maria Friedman, Julia McKenzie, Bernadette Peters, Jenna Russell, Full Company15) Being Alive – Rosalie Craig, Bradley Jaden, Julian Ovenden, Jenna Russell, Jeremy Secomb, Full Company16) Old Friends – Full Company17) Our Time – Students from Mountview and The Royal Academy Musical Theatre Company18) Love Is in the Air – Stephen Sondheim
Video: Elaine Paige & Bernadette Peters host (and sing!) for the first West End Woofs (and Meows) at the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden
Broadway and West End leading ladies Bernadette Peters and Elaine Paige have hosted the West End's first WEST END WOOFS (AND MEOWS). Taking place last Saturday 18 November 2023, at the Actors' Church in Covent Garden, the event is based on the successful Broadway Barks event in New York founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters. The charity event helps unite adoptable pets with new owners. The London adoption event on Saturday started with a ‘meet and greet’ with all the adoptable pets, then from 11.30am adoptees made their West End debut on stage alongside some of the West End’s favourite stars, including Charlie Stemp from Crazy For You, and the cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends. Watch a video of Elaine and Bernadette introduce the event in the Actors' Church in Covent Garden, and sing "Old Friends" joined by the cast of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends, including Lea Salonga. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXOyViIppkE Also, check out Getty Images photos and videos of the event. https://twitter.com/jacyarrowteam/status/1725867991189897403 West End Woofs featured adoptable pets from the following participating shelters and rescue groups with all proceeds from the event benefitting the great work they do: Helping Dogs and Cats UK; Pro Dogs Direct; Home Run Hounds; Saving Saints Rescue; Noah’s Ark Dog Rescue; German Shepherd Rescue South; and All Dogs Matter. https://twitter.com/actorschurch/status/1725967357363794167 As predicted by WestEndTheatre.com, the New York event has finally come to London based on the New York institution Broadway Barks - the annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which benefits New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies and brings more than 200 cute (and adoptable!) dogs and cats to Broadway. Over the 25 years 2,100 dogs and cats have participated, with 85% successfully finding forever homes. https://twitter.com/elaine_paige/status/1725909874867880047 Bernadette Peters is currently in London performing in Cameron Mackintosh's Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre. Book tickets to Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London
Elaine Paige & Bernadette Peters to host the West End’s first West End Woofs (and Meows)
Following the success of Broadway Barks in New York, West End star Elaine Paige and Broadway icon Bernadette Peters are teaming up to present the first ever London version of WEST END WOOFS (AND MEOWS). The charity event helps unite adoptable pets with new owners. As predicted by WestEndTheatre.com, the New York event is finally coming to London - especially given that the event's champion Bernadette Peters is currently in town performing in Cameron Mackintosh's Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre. The London event will take place on Saturday 18 November 2023 from 10am to 12.30pm at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. Elaine and Bernadette previously teamed up to co-host the first virtual edition of WEST END WOOFS during lockdown in 2020. The New York institution is an annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event which was founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters. Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the event benefits New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies and brings more than 200 cute (and adoptable!) dogs and cats to Broadway. Over the 25 years 2,100 dogs and cats have participated, with 85% successfully finding forever homes. This year’s 25th annual event took place on 8 July 2023 in Shubert Alley on Broadway, hosted by Bernadette Peters and Randy Rainbow, and with special guests Josh Groban (Sweeney Todd). Also in attendance were the casts of Moulin Rouge!, Some Like It Hot, Funny Girl, Kimberly Akimbo, Sweeney Todd, Wicked, Shucked and more. Actor Elaine Paige said in a statement: “When Bernadette and I first presented West End Woofs online it was such a success! We raised money and awareness for many shelters caring for animals in need of adoption. Here’s hoping this year’s West End Woofs is even more successful for our neediest four-legged friends!" Actor Bernadette Peters said: “Nothing thrills me more than to be doing West End Woofs ‘live’ for the first time at St. Paul’s Actors Church with my dear friend Elaine Paige and my cast members from ‘Old Friends’. Looking forward to finding many dogs and kitties their forever homes”. The adoption event on Saturday 18 November will start with a ‘meet and greet’ with all the adoptable pets. Then from 11.30am adoptees make their West End debut on stage alongside some of the West End’s favourite stars, with guests to be announced, including a special performance of ‘Old Friends’ by the company of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends. WEST END WOOFS is free and open to the public. It will feature adoptable pets from the following participating shelters and rescue groups with all proceeds from the event benefitting the great work they do: Helping Dogs and Cats UK; Pro Dogs Direct; Home Run Hounds; Saving Saints Rescue; Noah’s Ark Dog Rescue; German Shepherd Rescue South; and All Dogs Matter. Book tickets to Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London
Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends – First Night West End Photos
A glittering array of West End stars were out in force last night to celebrate the First Night of Cameron Mackintosh's lavish new Sondheim tribute revue Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London. This celebration of the work of lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim was first put together as a one-off tribute concert in 2022, and now has been fully staged by Cameron Mackintosh, with direction and musical staging by Matthew Bourne, alongside Sondheim veteran Julia McKenzie. Reviews are coming in for Old Friends, with largely positive notices including five stars from the often hard-to-please Clive Davis. A fabulous cast includes Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, West End and Broadway superstar Lea Salonga, plus Christine Allado, Clare Burt, Janie Dee, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Bonnie Langford, Gavin Lee, Jason Pennycooke, Joanna Riding, Jeremy Secomb, Jac Yarrow, Marley Fenton and Beatrice Penny-Touré; and the company also includes Harry Apps, Bella Brown, Richard Dempsey and Monique Young, completing a cast that is truly the best of the West End and Broadway. The show's creative team also includes Choreography is by Stephen Mear, the show is conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo, musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, costume design by Jill Parker, lighting design by Warren Letton and sound design is by Mick Potter. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is now playing at the Gielgud Theatre to 6 January 2024. Book tickets to Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - First Night Photos [ngg src="galleries" ids="1343" display="pro_tile"]
Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends – Reviews
Reviews are coming in for Cameron Mackintosh's tribute revue to musicals master Stephen Sondheim, with Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends opening at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is a celebration of the lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim's work, and the bones of this revue were first staged as a one-off tribute concert in 2022. Sondheim's champion and friend Cameron Mackintosh has now produced a fully staged West End show as a lavish tribute to Sondheim. https://youtu.be/NnaPuqnBZ70 The show boasts a fantastic cast including Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, West End and Broadway superstar Lea Salonga, plus Christine Allado, Clare Burt, Damian Humbley, Janie Dee, Bradley Jaden, Bonnie Langford, Gavin Lee, Jason Pennycooke, Joanna Riding, Jeremy Secomb, Jac Yarrow, Marley Fenton and Beatrice Penny-Touré. The company also includes Harry Apps, Bella Brown, Richard Dempsey and Monique Young, completing a cast that is truly the best of the West End and Broadway. [ngg src="galleries" ids="1330" display="basic_slideshow"] The show is devised and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, with direction and musical staging by Matthew Bourne, alongside Sondheim veteran Julia McKenzie. Choreography is by Stephen Mear, the show is conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo, musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, costume design by Jill Parker, lighting design by Warren Letton and sound design is by Mick Potter. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is now playing at the Gielgud Theatre to 6 January 2024. Also see: Old Friends 2022 reviews at the Sondheim Theatre Read reviews from the Times, Guardian and more, with further reviews to be added. Book tickets to Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London
Old Friends Stephen Sondheim in the West End & Gala Concert: Full Song List
Cameron Mackintosh presented a tribute concert to Stephen Sondheim on 3 May 2022 at the Sondheim Theatre in London, in memory of the great composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Mackintosh has followed this extraordinary concert with a West End run of the show, playing the Gielgud Theatre in London until 6 January 2024 staring Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga, Bonnie Langford, Janie Dee, Bradley Jaden and many more. Here's the full song list and performers for the 2022 gala concert of Old Friends at the Sondheim Theatre, and the 2023-2024 West End run of the show at the Gielgud Theatre. What a line up! Also book tickets to Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - Gielgud Theatre in the West End From 21 September 2023 to 6 January 2024. The cast includes: Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga, Christine Allado, Janie Dee, Bonnie Langford, Jeremy Secomb, Beatrice Penny-Touré, Joanna Riding, Jac Yarrow, Clare Burt, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Gavin Lee, and Jason Pennycooke; plus Marley Fenton, Harry Apps, Bella Brown, and Monique Young. ACT I Sunday in the Park With George Side By Side Comedy Tonight Company The Little Things You Do Together You Could Drive A Person Crazy Live Alone and Like It Loving You Getting Married Today Into The Woods On The Steps Of The Palace Agony I Know Things Now Hello, Little Girl Children Will Listen A Weekend in the Country Send In The Clowns The Ballad of Sweeney Todd The Worst Pies in London My Friends Pretty Women A Little Priest The Ladies Who Lunch Sunday ACT II Entracte - Overture from Merrily We Roll Along Somewhere Tonight Quintet Broadway Baby Everybody Ought To Have a Maid You Gotta Get A Gimmick Waiting For The Girls Upstairs I'm Still Here Could I Leave You? Buddy's Blues The Boy From… Losing My Mind Everything's Coming Up Roses Not A Day Goes By Being Alive Old Friends Side By Side Finale Gala Concert - 3 May 2022 Old Friends - Sondheim Theatre in 2022. Photo by Danny Kaan ACT I  Sunday in the Park with George - Daniel Evans Side by Side - Ashley CampbellI, Rosalie Craig, Josefina Gabrielle, Amy Griffiths, Bradley Jaden, Julia McKenzie and Jenna Russell  Comedy Tonight - Rob Brydon, Clive Rowe, Gary Wilmot and West End All Stars Company - West End All Stars The Little Things You Do Together - Rob Brydon and Haydn Gywnne You Could Drive a Person Crazy - Anna-Jane Casey, Janie Dee, Josefina Gabrielle Live Alone and Like It - Clive Rowe Loving You - Michael Ball Getting Married Today - Anna-Jane Casey, Holly-Anne Hull and Jon Robyns Into the Woods - West End All Stars Agony - Julian Ovenden and Michael D. Xavier I Know Things Now - Bernadette Peters Hello Little Girl - Damian Lewis and Bernadette Peters Children Will Listen - Bernadette Peters A Weekend in the Country - Desmonda Cathabel, Janie Dee, Rob Houchen, Holly-Anne Hull, Julian Ovenden, Michael D. Xavier and West End All Stars Send in the Clowns - Judi Dench The Ballad of Sweeney Todd - Michael Ball and West End All Stars The Worst Pies in London - Michael Ball and Maria Friedman My Friends - Michael Ball Pretty Women - Michael Ball and Jeremy Secomb A Little Priest - Michael Ball and Maria Friedman The Ladies Who Lunch - Haydn Gwynne Sunday - Daniel Evans, Bernadette Peters and West End All Stars ACT II Entr'acte - Overture from Merrily We Roll Along - The Orchestra Tonight Quintet - Shan Ako, Christine Allado, Louis Gaunt, Rob Houchen and Students from the Royal Academy Musical Theatre Company and Mountview Broadway Baby - Helena Bonham Carter, Rosalie Craig, Maria Friedman, Josefina Gabrielle, Amy Griffiths, Haydn Gwynne, Bonnie Langford, Julia McKenzie, Bernadette Peters, Jenna Russell and Gary Wilmot  Everybody Ought to Have a Maid - Rob Brydon, Damien Lewis, Julian Ovenden and Siân Phillips You Gotta Get A Gimmick - Anna-Jane Casey, Bonnie Langford and Bernadette Peters Waiting For The Girls Upstairs - Ashley Campbell, Rob Houchen, Bradley Jaden and Charlie Stemp I'm Still Here - Petula Clark Could I Leave You? - Michael Ball  Buddy's Blues - Gary Wilmot The Boy From...... - Janie Dee Losing My Mind - Bernadette Peters Everything's Coming Up Roses - Imelda Staunton Not A Day Goes By - Michael Ball, Rosalie Craig, Maria Friedman, Julia McKenzie, Bernadette Peters, Jenna Russell and West End All Stars  Being Alive - Michael Ball, Rob Brydon, Rosalie Craig, Haydn Gwynne, Bradley Jaden, Bonnie Langford, Julian Ovenden, Jon Robyns, Jenna Russell, Jeremy Secomb, Michael D. Xavier and West End All Stars  Old Friends - Full Company Side By Side - Full Company Our Time - Full Company WEST END ALL STARS Shan Ako, Christine Allado, Holly-Anne Hull, Ashley Campbell, Anna-Jane Casey, Desmonda Cathabel, Aoife Dunne, Josefina Gabrielle, Louis Gaunt, Amy Griffiths, Rob Houchen, Bradley Jaden, lan McLarnon, Jeremy Secomb, Jordan Shaw, Matthew White Book Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends Tickets at the Gielgud Theatre
First-look West End photos of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends & cast portraits – in pictures
Cameron Mackintosh's sumptuous new tribute show to his friend and colleague Stephen Sondheim - Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - is now playing at the Gielgud Theatre in London, and production photos are in of the show. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is a joyous celebration of maestro musicals maker, the lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim. The bones of this show were originally staged as a one-off tribute concert in 2022, and now this fully-staged tribute to Sondheim has opened in the West End.. The show's impressive A-list cast of musicals stars includes Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, West End and Broadway superstar Lea Salonga, plus Christine Allado, Clare Burt, Janie Dee, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Bonnie Langford, Gavin Lee, Jason Pennycooke, Joanna Riding, Jeremy Secomb, Jac Yarrow, Marley Fenton and Beatrice Penny-Touré. The company also includes Harry Apps, Bella Brown, Richard Dempsey and Monique Young, completing a cast that is truly the best of the West End and Broadway. The show is devised and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, with direction and musical staging by Matthew Bourne, alongside Sondheim veteran Julia McKenzie. Choreography is by Stephen Mear, the show is conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo, musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, costume design by Jill Parker, lighting design by Warren Letton and sound design is by Mick Potter. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is now playing at the Gielgud Theatre to 6 January 2024. Book tickets to Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - Production Photos [ngg src="galleries" ids="1330" display="pro_tile"] Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - Cast Portraits [ngg src="galleries" ids="1331" display="pro_tile"]
Rehearsals of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends – in pictures
Behind-the-scenes photos have come in of rehearsals for Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London. The show starts its run next week at the Gielgud Theatre, on 21 September 2023, booking to 6 January 2024. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is a celebration of the legendary lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim, and was originally staged as a one-off tribute concert in 2022. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends cast An all-star cast is led by Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, West End and Broadway superstar Lea Salonga, plus Christine Allado, Clare Burt, Janie Dee, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Bonnie Langford, Gavin Lee, Jason Pennycooke, Joanna Riding, Jeremy Secomb, Jac Yarrow, Marley Fenton and Beatrice Penny-Touré. The company also includes Harry Apps, Bella Brown, Richard Dempsey and Monique Young, completing a cast that is truly the best of the West End and Broadway. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends creative team Devised and Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends has Direction and Musical staging by Matthew Bourne, side by side with Julia McKenzie, with choreography by Stephen Mear, conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo, musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, costume design by Jill Parker, lighting design by Warren Letton and sound design by Mick Potter. Book tickets to Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - Rehearsal Photos [ngg src="galleries" ids="1314" display="pro_tile"]
Clare Burt to replace Haydn Gwynne in Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends
West End star Clare Burt is set to replace Haydn Gwynne in Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the West End's Gielgud Theatre in London. The show was delayed when Haydn Gwynne withdrew from the production last week, and now starts on 21 September 2023. Producer Cameron Mackintosh said in a statement: “I am so thrilled that another wonderfully talented Old Friend, Clare Burt, who started out with me in the early years of both CATS and LES MISÉRABLES and is now a much-loved leading stage and screen actress, has literally stepped off a plane in order to step in for Haydn Gwynne who, sadly, had to suddenly withdraw last week. Our Old Friends cast is now complete and this sensational all-star ensemble is raring to strut their extraordinary stuff from Thursday 21st September at the Gielgud Theatre”. Clare Burt’s theatre credits include Flowers for Mrs Harris at Chichester Festival Theatre & Sheffield Crucible, for which she won a 2016 UK Theatre Award; London Road, The Miracle, DNA and Babygirl, Coram Boy and Sunday in the Park with George at the National Theatre; A Streetcar Named Desire and Vernon God Little at the Young Vic; and Sondheim's Into the Woods and Company at the Donmar Warehouse. Haydn Gwynne's credits include When Winston Went To War, The Great British Bake off Musical, and Channel 4's The Windsors. The cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends is led by Broadway legends Bernadette Peters, West End and Broadway superstar Lea Salonga, plus Christine Allado, Clare Burt, Janie Dee, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Bonnie Langford, Gavin Lee, Jason Pennycooke, Joanna Riding, Jeremy Secomb, Jac Yarrow, Marley Fenton and Beatrice Penny-Touré. The company also includes Harry Apps, Bella Brown, Richard Dempsey and Monique Young, completing a cast that is truly the best of the West End and Broadway. Devised and Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends has Direction and Musical staging by Matthew Bourne, side by side with Julia McKenzie, with choreography by Stephen Mear, conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo, musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, costume design by Jill Parker, lighting design by Warren Letton and sound design by Mick Potter. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is a celebration of the legendary lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim, and was originally staged as a one-off tribute concert in 2022. This show is booking to 6 January 2024 in London. Book tickets to Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - Trailer
Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends starts rehearsals ahead of West End run
The starry cast of Cameron Mackintosh's new musical review Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends have gathered in London to start rehearsals. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is a celebration of the legendary lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim, and was originally staged as a one-off tribute concert in 2022. This new show will run for a limited 16 weeks at the Gielgud Theatre, from 16 September 2023 to 6 January 2024. Devised and produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, a fabulous cast includes Broadway stars Bernadette Peters (Sunday in the Park with George, Into The Woods) and Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon), alongside West End big-hitters Janie Dee (Follies), Joanna Riding (Follies), ), Jeremy Secomb (Sweeney Todd), Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, The Great British Bake off Musical), Bonnie Langford (Anything Goes and Bradley Jaden (Wicked, Les Miserables). The line up also includes some of our finest West End performers, including Damian Humbley (Merrily We Roll Along, The Great British Bake off Musical), Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast), Jason Pennycooke (Hamilton,  La Cage Aux Folles), Christine Allado (Hamilton), Beatrice Penny-Touré (The Phantom of the Opera) and Jac Yarrow (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). The company will also include Harry Apps, Bella Brown and Monique Young. Legendary composer Stephen Sondheim died in 2021 at the age of 91, having written some of the Twentieth Century's most accomplished musicals, including Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Little Night Music, Company, Into the Woods, and Sunday in the Park with George. The show will be directed by Matthew Bourne, side by side with Julia McKenzie, with choreography by Stephen Mear. Alfonso Casado Trigo will conduct with musical supervision by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, costume design by Jill Parker, lighting design by Warren Letton and sound design by Mick Potter. Book tickets to Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - Trailer
Watch: Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends – New West End trailer
A new trailer for the West End production of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends has been released. Devised and produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Old Friends is a celebration of the legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and was originally staged as a one-off tribute concert. The show returns to London's West End for a limited 16-week run at the Gielgud Theatre, playing from 16 September 2023 to 6 January 2024. Leading the cast are Broadway stars Bernadette Peters (Sunday in the Park with George, Into The Woods) and Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon), alongside West End favourites Janie Dee (Follies), Joanna Riding (Follies), ), Jeremy Secomb (Sweeney Todd), Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, The Great British Bake off Musical), Bonnie Langford (Anything Goes and Bradley Jaden (Wicked, Les Miserables). Also appearing in the stellar line up are: Damian Humbley (Merrily We Roll Along, The Great British Bake off Musical), Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast), Jason Pennycooke (Hamilton,  La Cage Aux Folles) Christine Allado (Hamilton), Beatrice Penny-Touré (The Phantom of the Opera) and Jac Yarrow (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). The company will also include Harry Apps, Bella Brown and Monique Young, completing a cast that is truly the best of the West End and Broadway. West End impresario Cameron Mackintosh is producing the show which was originally staged as a one-off tribute concert to Sondheim, who died in 2021 at the age of 91. The show is directed by Matthew Bourne, side by side with Julia McKenzie, with choreography by Stephen Mear. Alfonso Casado Trigo will conduct with musical supervision by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, costume design by Jill Parker, lighting design by Warren Letton and sound design by Mick Potter. Book tickets to Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - Trailer Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - Trailer
Sondheim’s Old Friends – full casting revealed for West End run
Full casting has been announced for Cameron Mackintosh's West End run of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends, coming to London's Gielgud Theatre this September. Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, The Great British Bake off Musical), Damian Humbley (Merrily We Roll Along, The Great British Bake off Musical) Bradley Jaden (Wicked, Les Miserables), Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast) and Jason Pennycooke (Hamilton,  La Cage Aux Folles) will join previously announced cast including Broadway Legends Bernadette Peters (Sunday in the Park with George, Into The Woods) and Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon). Previously announced cast also include Christine Allado (Hamilton), Janie Dee (Follies), Bonnie Langford (Anything Goes), Jeremy Secomb (Sweeney Todd), Beatrice Penny-Touré (The Phantom of the Opera), Joanna Riding (Follies) and Jac Yarrow (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). The company will also include Harry Apps, Bella Brown and Monique Young, completing a cast that is truly the best of the West End and Broadway. West End impresario Cameron Mackintosh is producing the show which was originally staged as a one-off tribute concert to Sondheim, who died in 2021 at the age of 91. “I’m delighted to be welcoming so many old friends from my past productions, most of whom have stopped the show as well as some brilliant new ones, to star in Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre this autumn. To have gathered so many West End stars, as well as two legendary Broadway performers together for a new show such as this is rare outside a gala. Only the sublime talents of Sondheim could make this happen. Steve was always a Broadway Baby at heart, so I’m thrilled that this last show he and I started putting together during Covid is having a life beyond its triumphant gala. Featuring 39 of the greatest songs ever written for the musical theatre, performed by an incredible cast, staged by the incomparable Matthew Bourne, side-by-side with Julia McKenzie and choreographer Stephen Mear, audiences are in for a musical evening they will never forget in one great big Broadway show.”  Cameron Mackintosh Opening at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue from 16 September 2023, the show will play a limited 16-week run until 6 January 2024. The show is directed by Matthew Bourne, side by side with Julia McKenzie, with choreography by Stephen Mear. Alfonso Casado Trigo will conduct with musical supervision by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, costume design by Jill Parker, lighting design by Warren Letton and sound design by Mick Potter. Book tickets to Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London [ngg src="galleries" ids="1028" display="pro_tile"]
Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends live cast recording announced
A live casting recording of Stephen Sondheim tribute concert Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends has been announced. The news came from the official social media accounts of the show, on the day of Stephen Sondheim's birthday, 22 March. There is currently no news on release date, but cover artwork for the soundtrack has been released. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - Cast Recording cover artwork Devised and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, the tribute concert was held on 3 May 2022 at the Sondheim Theatre in London, following the death of Stephen Sondheim on 26 November 2021 aged 91. Staged by Matthew Bourne, Maria Friedman and Stephen Mear, and conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo, the all-star cast included Michael Ball, Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Petula Clark, Anna-Jane Casey, Rosalie Craig, Janie Dee, Judi Dench, Daniel Evans, Maria Friedman, Haydn Gwynne, Bonnie Langford, Damian Lewis, Julia Mckenzie, Julian Ovenden, Bernadette Peters, Sian Phillips, Jon Robyns, Clive Rowe, Jenna Russell, Imelda Staunton, Charlie Stemp, Gary Wilmot and Michael D. Xavier. You can watch the concert on BBC iPlayer – here. Also check out the song list for Old Friends, and read reviews of the night. Cameron Mackintosh is also bringing an actual tribute show to the West End later this year, with Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends getting a full run at the Gielgud Theatre. The show will star Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, with Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon), Christine Allado (Hamilton), Janie Dee (Follies), Bonnie Langford (Anything Goes), Jeremy Secomb (Sweeney Todd), Beatrice Penny-Touré (The Phantom of the Opera), Joanna Riding (Follies) and Jac Yarrow (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). It will play the Gielgud from 16 September 2023 for a 16 week run to 6 January 2024, with Matthew Bourne directing, alongside Julia McKenzie, and choreography by Stephen Mear. Book Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends tickets at the Gielgud Theatre in London
Stephen Sondheim tribute Old Friends to get West End run at the Gielgud Theatre starring Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga, Janie Dee, Bonnie Langford, Joanna Riding, Jac Yarrow, Christine Allado & Jeremy Secomb to star West End impresario Cameron Mackintosh has announced that his tribute concert to Stephen Sondheim - Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends - will get a full West End run. The show will play the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue from 16 September 2023 for a 16 week run to 6 January 2024. The show was originally staged as a one-off concert at the Sondheim Theatre on 3 May 2022, in tribute to Stephen Sondheim, who died in 2021 at the age of 91. Cameron Mackintosh devised and produced the show, which is to be directed by Matthew Bourne, alongside Julia McKenzie, with choreography by Stephen Mear. The show will be conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo, with musical supervision by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection design by George Reeve, lighting design by Warren Letton and sound design by Mick Potter. The West End show is set to star Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, with Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon), Christine Allado (Hamilton), Janie Dee (Follies), Bonnie Langford (Anything Goes), Jeremy Secomb (Sweeney Todd), Beatrice Penny-Touré (The Phantom of the Opera), Joanna Riding (Follies) and Jac Yarrow (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). [ngg src="galleries" ids="1028" display="pro_tile"] Further cast will be announced. Cameron Mackintosh said in a press statement: "Old Friends began its journey to the West End in a conversation I had with Steve during our enforced pandemic isolation – ‘It's time we did a third show' said Steve, and complete the trilogy that started with Side-by-Side by Sondheim in the 1970s, followed by Putting It Together in the ‘90s. We commenced work on it but as theatres and shows started to reopen post Covid, we got distracted and then suddenly on Thanksgiving just over a year ago Steve sadly left us, leaving his extraordinary legacy of work to live on forever. Over Christmas ‘21 I put together all our thoughts, and inspired by the shows I had worked on with him and Julia McKenzie, and the desire to showcase his greatest music as well as his great lyrics, the material of Old Friends miraculously fell onto the page pretty much as it is. Thanks to a phenomenal Gala cast, the show proved to be the great celebration we all wanted for our friend and inspiration - performed in the Sondheim Theatre, which I had rebuilt and renamed in his honour. The response to both the show and the subsequent television version recently screened by the BBC over the New Year has been quite overwhelming, so I am thrilled that Broadway legend, Bernadette Peters, one of my favourite old friends, is going to reprise her brilliant performance in what is astonishingly going to be her British stage debut - to be joined by Lea Salonga, who of course became my youngest old friend, when she created a sensation at the age of 17, starring in the original Miss Saigon – this will be her first West End run since Les Misérables 27 years ago. Bernadette and Lea head a stellar cast of co-stars, many of whom also appeared in last year's unforgettable Gala. Steve was always a Broadway Baby at heart, so I'm delighted that I have been able to put together one last great hurrah for my old friend, containing many of the greatest songs ever written for the musical theatre, in one ‘great big Broadway show' - just as he wanted." The cast of the original May 2022 concert included Michael Ball, Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Petula Clark, Anna-Jane Casey, Rosalie Craig, Janie Dee, Judi Dench, Daniel Evans, Maria Friedman, Haydn Gwynne, Bonnie Langford, Damian Lewis, Julia Mckenzie, Julian Ovenden, Bernadette Peters, Sian Phillips, Jon Robyns, Clive Rowe, Jenna Russell, Imelda Staunton, Charlie Stemp, Gary Wilmot and Michael D. Xavier. It was staged by Matthew Bourne, Maria Friedman and Stephen Mear, and conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo. You can watch the concert on BBC iPlayer – here. Also check out the song list for Old Friends, and read reviews of the night. Currently playing at the Gielgud Theatre is the Tony award-winning Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird starring Matthew Modine, which plays until 20 May 2023 at the theatre. It is currently unclear what will run in the theatre from June to August 2023. Book Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends tickets at the Gielgud Theatre in London
Bernadette Peters replaces Kelli O’Hara at New York benefit concert
Bernadette Peters will headline the Manhattan Theatre Club Winter Benefit this evening at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. Peters is stepping in to replace the previously announced Kelli O’Hara. Due to a positive COVID diagnosis, O’Hara is unable to perform at the MTC benefit this evening. The festive evening will feature a cocktail reception, an elegant dinner, and an exclusive, one-night-only performance. Throughout her illustrious career, Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage, film and television, in concert, and on recordings. She has garnered numerous accolades including three Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, three Emmy and four Grammy Award nominations and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Best known for her work on stage and one of Broadway’s most critically acclaimed performers, Bernadette recently starred on Broadway as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the hit musical, Hello, Dolly!. Prior to that, she starred in City Center’s Encores! Production, A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim and orchestrations by Wynton Marsalis and on Broadway, in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Follies. Peter's also performed in the 2022 London benefit Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends. MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow said, “Bernadette is a legend in our industry and is one of our most beloved stars. I am so grateful that she was able to step in tonight. She has been a great friend to MTC since she and I worked together in 1982 on  the MTC production of Sally and Marsha. Bernadette subsequently joined MTC’s Board of Directors and we are all honored that she is a treasured member of the MTC family.” All proceeds from the winter benefit event support MTC in developing and presenting new work with the most exciting artists in a dynamic, supportive environment, as well as producing a diverse repertoire of innovative, entertaining, and thought-provoking plays and musicals by American and international playwrights each season. In addition, the event supports MTC’s renowned education program, which uses the power of live theatre and hands-on playwriting experiences to awaken minds, ignite imaginations, open hearts, and change lives. Individual tickets for MTC’s Winter Benefit, including cocktails, dinner, and the show, are available for $3,000, $2,500, and $2,000. Tables of 10 are also available for $30,000, $25,000, and $20,000.
Video: Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends concert to play on BBC this Christmas
Check out the new TV trailer for Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends tribute concert, airing on the BBC in the UK this Saturday. The star-studded London tribute concert to Stephen Sondheim is coming to the BBC on 31 December 2022 at 5.35pm on BBC Two. Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends was organised by Cameron Mackintosh on 3 May 2022 at the Sondheim Theatre, for a unique night to pay tribute to the legendary musicals composer, who died in November 2021 at the age of 91. The cast was a stellar one, including stage and screen legends Michael Ball, Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Petula Clark, Anna-Jane Casey, Rosalie Craig, Janie Dee, Judi Dench, Daniel Evans, Maria Friedman, Haydn Gwynne, Bonnie Langford, Damian Lewis, Julia Mckenzie, Julian Ovenden, Bernadette Peters, Sian Phillips, Jon Robyns, Clive Rowe, Jenna Russell, Imelda Staunton, Charlie Stemp, Gary Wilmot and Michael D. Xavier. Staged by Matthew Bourne, Maria Friedman and Stephen Mear, and conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo, the BBC will screen the concert on BBC Two this Christmas, and put the one-off show on BBC iPlayer. Read more about the song list for Old Friends, and read reviews of the night. The show will air on BBC Two on 31 December 2022 at 5.35pm on BBC Two, and will then be available on BBC iPlayer. In the UK? Watch Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends on BBC iPlayer - here. Book Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends tickets at the Gielgud Theatre Video: BBC Trailer for Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends. Video courtesy of BBC / Cameron Mackintosh Ltd / sondheimoldfriends.com This article was updated on 16 December 2022 with the date and time of the screening, and 29 December with the video.
Stage Spy: Sondheim Tribute ‘Old Friends’ to be televised?
The big Stephen Sondheim tribute concert Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is in its final rehearsals, ready for its big night tonight (3 May 2022). Organised by Cameron Mackintosh, the benefit concert at the Sondheim Theatre in London will see a host of Sondheim celebs sing his songs and celebrate his life. The live show will also be transmitted live over to the Prince Edward Theatre, for a special screening (tickets are still available for this). Such are talent rights, Mackintosh had to get special permission from the cast to do the Prince Edward screening. Whilst he's at it, did he also seek permission to screen the concert on TV or streaming? That's the hint he gave celebrity journalist Baz Bamigboye, who has recently jumped ship from tabloid Daily Mail to entertainment industry trade website Deadline. He told Baz that it may end up on TV, albeit with negotiations with agents having to take place. "They’re [the cast] all working for nothing aside from expenses. Look, there is a possibility of further life, we’ll see", Cameron said. Choreographer of the show, Matthew Bourne, also confirmed on Instagram that the producers of the show are looking at screen options for the Sondheim gala. He said that, "The production was designed as a fundraiser for the new Sondheim Foundation supporting young writers and artists. For it to reach a wider audience through broadcast, streaming or DVD it would require a re- negotiation with everyone involved but hopefully that may happen at some point so more people can share in this glorious and historic evening! I really hope that everyone gets the chance to see this. It was very special." https://www.instagram.com/p/CdOZXOOAxqG/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY= Here's hoping. Seems crazy to live stream it and not also press "RECORD" so fans (AND WE MEAN US) can watch it at some point. The cast line-up is phenomenal, with theatrical royalty such as Dame Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie and Bernadette Peters providing tributes, plus big-hitters such as Michael Ball, Helena Bonham Carter, Janie Dee, Maria Friedman, Haydn Gwynne, Imelda Staunton and A LOT more. Check out our updated post on all things Old Friends here including video of rehearsals. In the UK? Watch Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends on BBC iPlayer - here. More about Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends
Old Friends Reviews, Photos & Videos – Stephen Sondheim tribute gala at the Sondheim Theatre in London ★★★★
Stars were out in force last night, 3 May 2022, in the West End, to celebrate the life of Stephen Sondheim, who passed away last year. Theatre impresario and close friend of the composer Cameron Mackintosh staged the gala concert, titled Old Friends, at his Sondheim Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, usually home to Mackintosh's long-running production of Les Miserables. The full line-up of stars and songs (see the full Songs List here) was a who's who of musicals stars, all of whom had some connection to Sondheim, including grande Dame of British theatre Judi Dench, Broadway megastar Bernadette Peters, and many of the British musicals stars who have done so much to champion Sondheim's work, including Imelda Staunton, Daniel Evans, Jenna Russell, Maria Friedman and Julia Mackenzie . All proceeds from the gala are benefitting the Sondheim Foundation, supporting young playwrights, composers and lyricists. The creative team behind the show were also mighty, including choreography by Stephen Mear, staging by Matthew Bourne and Maria Friedman, and the 26 piece orchestra that was conducted by Alfonso Casado. Old Friends - Video of the finale [videopress WZRAUnj5 w=750] The live show was screened simultaneously at the Prince Edward Theatre in London, where Mary Poppins is currently playing. Ahead of the screening Cameron Mackintosh, Michael Ball and a number of other performers popped in to introduce the screening, before high-tailing it down Old Compton Street to the Sondheim Theatre. Stephen Sondheim died in November 2022 at the age of 91, at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, US. Cameron Mackintosh said in the original press for Old Friends that "It is impossible to overstate the influence and contribution Stephen Sondheim has made to Musical Theatre, both personally and professionally. 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. I was lucky enough to be Steve’s friend and occasional collaborator for over 45 years since I first produced Side By Side By Sondheim and the Wyndham’s Theatre in 1976. It was a friendship full of laughter, gossip and glorious insightful camaraderie. 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 favourites, so our choice of songs will purely reflect the joy and love I have for one of the greatest Broadway Babies of all time.” In the UK? Watch Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends on BBC iPlayer - here. More about Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends Photos of the Old Friends Sondheim tribute gala in London Photos by Danny Kaan [ngg src="galleries" ids="791" display="pro_tile"] Reviews of Old Friends at the Sondheim Theatre
Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends tribute concert starring Bernadette Peters, Judi Dench, Elaine Paige – what we know so far
27 April 2022 update: First look video of rehearsals for the Old Friends tribute concert to Stephen Sondheim at the Sondheim Theatre (see below). The concert will also see the following stars perform on the night: Shan Ako, Christine Allado, Holly-Anne Hull, Ashley Campbell, Anna-Jane Casey, Desmonda Cathabel, Josefina Gabrielle, Louis Gaunt, Amy Griffiths, Bradley Jaden, Ian McLarnon, Jeremy Secomb, Jordan Shaw and Matthew White. 30 March update: More stars have now been added to the concert, including Janie Dee, Rosalie Craig and Rob Brydon. Also a simulcast of the live show to be held at the Prince Edward Theatre on 3 May. A major concert celebrating the life of US musicals composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is coming to the Sondheim Theatre in London on 3 May 2022. Produced by friend and collaborator, West End impresario Cameron Mackintosh, the Gala celebration is going to be a star-filled night, with British and American stars coming together to celebrate the life and work of one of the 20th century's most important theatre practitioners. Over 30 stars will perform at the Gala, many of whom have achieved some of their greatest stage musical success with Sondheim's work, including Bernadette Peters, Adrian Lester, Julian Mackenzie, Imelda Staunton, Hannah Waddingham, Judi Dench, and Daniel Evans. Also appearing will be Elaine Paige, Michael Ball, Petula Clark (Mary Poppins), Bonnie Langford (Anything Goes), Damian Lewis, and Clive Rowe. New stars recently added include Janie Dee, Rosalie Craig, Rob Brydon, Rob Houchen, Julian Ovenden (South Pacific), Anna-Jane Casey (Cabaret), and Gary Wilmot. Rehearsals of the Old Friends all-star Stephen Sondheim Concert in London. "It is impossible to overstate the influence and contribution Stephen Sondheim has made to Musical Theatre, both personally and professionally. 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. I was lucky enough to be Steve’s friend and occasional collaborator for over 45 years since I first produced Side By Side By Sondheim and the Wyndham’s Theatre in 1976. It was a friendship full of laughter, gossip and glorious insightful camaraderie. 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 favourites, so our choice of songs will purely reflect the joy and love I have for one of the greatest Broadway Babies of all time.” said Cameron Mackintosh. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Sondheim Foundation, supporting young playwrights, composers and lyricists. Choreography will be by Stephen Mear, with staging by Matthew Bourne and Maria Friedman, and a 26 piece orchestra conducted by Alfonso Casado. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker, musical arrangements are by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection designs by George Reeve, lighting by Warren Letton and sound by Mick Potter. Audiences can expect songs from some of Sondheim's greatest musicals including Gypsy, West Side Side, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Merrily We Roll Along,  Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods, Assassins, and Passion. The live show will also be screened simultaneously at the Prince Edward Theatre in London, where Mary Poppins is currently playing. Stephen Sondheim died in November 2022 at the age of 91, at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, US. Les Miserables is currently playing at the Sondheim Theatre in London. Original article posted 3 March. Updated 18 March to include additional cast members. Tickets: The actual live gala performance at the Sondheim there is SOLD OUT. But you can still get tickets to the live screening at the Prince Edward Theatre here. In the UK? Watch Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends on BBC iPlayer - here. More about Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends

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