West End Celebrates Sondheim: Stars of theatre, music and TV celebrate the musicals of Stephen Sondheim at the Actors’ Church.
On 19 March 2023, a host of West End performers will be joined by the 35-strong Choir of Laine Theatre Arts to celebrate the work of the late Broadway genius, composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
Covering favourite shows like Into the Woods, Company, Follies and Sweeney Todd, as well as some lesser-known numbers, the concert will be presented by Olivier Award winner Sara Kestelman, known for her distinguished career in the classical theatre alongside appearances in Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret
Television’s Bart Edwards (Lykkeland, The Witcher) and Classical Brit Nominee Carly Paoli will be joined by a host of leading West End performers including Jalisa Andrews (Nativity Rocks), Luke Bayer (Everybody's Talking About Jamie), Stephen John Davis (Phantom of the Opera), Will Haswell (Back to the Future), Rebecca Jardine (Gigi), Will Luckett (Saturday Night Fever), and Monique Young (Mary Poppins).
A professional six-piece band will accompany the concert, which will mark what would have been the week of Sondheim’s 93rd birthday.
The programme will include such favourites as ‘Being Alive’ (Company), ‘Send in the Clowns’ (A Little Night Music), ‘Tonight’ (West Side Story), ‘Putting it Together’ (Sunday in the Park with George) and ‘Comedy Tonight’ (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum).
Proceeds from the concert will go to the Actors’ Church Benevolent Fund.
Lawrence Broomfield, Head of Singing and Choral Director at Laine Theatre Arts, is producing the concert and commented: ‘It’s a joy for the Choir of Laine’s to join forces with our friends at the Actors’ Church for this special celebration of the most influential writer in Broadway history. We’re honoured to be joined by leading figures from stage and screen to raise funds for an incredibly important cause.’
Tickets are on sale now at https://actorschurch.org/whatson/west-end-celebrates-sondheim