Sondheim! Birthday Concert

It's no secret we dig Sondheim around here. And thus we're pleased with the fact that Image Entertainment is releasing his 80th birthday concert on DVD. Here's what they have to say for themselves:

Image Entertainment is proud to share a celebration of the life and wondrous work of one of Broadway's greatest legends – the incomparable Stephen Sondheim. For the master composer and lyricist's 80th birthday, scores of the musical theater's brightest stars gathered to perform more than two dozen sensational numbers from Sondheim's unsurpassed canon. Many of these enduring songs are rarely heard and several are performed by the original Broadway cast members. David Hyde Pierce hosts this magical event with Sondheim's longtime collaborator Paul Gemignani conducting the New York Philharmonic. Directed for the stage and television by Lonny Price and filmed live March 15–16, 2010 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, this is a must-have addition for every musical theatre aficionado.

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.

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