Neil Patrick Harris, Lin-Manuel Miranda + More Come Together in This Free Musical Concert
It features Stephen Sondheim's greatest hits!
(SPOT.ph) If you've marveled over award-winning musicals Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Company, and West Side Story, then you were lucky enough to catch a Stephen Sondheim masterpiece. The American composer and lyricist is one of the most important names in 20th-century musical theater, with more than a handful of Grammy and Tony awards under his belt. In celebration of his 90th birthday, an amazing lineup of stars is set to star in an online musical concert featuring some of Sondheim’s greatest hits. Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration goes live on April 26 at 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, or April 27 at 8 a.m., Philippine Standard Time. It is streaming for free through Broadway.com's YouTube channel.
To sing tracks from Sondheim's musicals are: Meryl Streep, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti LuPone, Ben Platt, Lea Salonga, and many more. Paul Wontorek is directing the once-in-a-lifetime event while Mary-Mitchell Campbell takes the helm as musical director.
Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration is for the benefit of Artists Striving to End Poverty, which was initiated by Campbell and students from The Juilliard School in an effort to engage the youth through performing and visual arts. To date, Artists Striving to End Poverty has served 15,548 kids from communities struggling with immigration issues, homelessness, systemic poverty, and violence.