Stephen Sondheim Interviewed This Weekend

Stephen Sondheim and FriendsAs part of the 2011-2012 Cabaret Series at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, California, Michael Kerker, Director of Musical Theatre for ASCAP, will interview legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim this coming Saturday evening, October 27th.

This is a not-to-be-missed event (especially if you already live in California.  Go on, get up and make the effort and go – that is, if you can get a ticket?)  It’s not very often you get to hear the great man himself interviewed, let alone interviewed by ASCAP’s guru of the Musical Stage.  To top it off, you get the chance to hear Brian Stokes Mitchell and Christine Ebersole perform on the same programme.  Added to which Ted Firth is accompanying!

Stephen Sondheim is one of the most important composer-lyricists in the world, and certainly one of the greatest artists to work in American musical theater over the past half-century. He has not only collaborated on more than a dozen landmark shows and written countless standard songs, but has also been the single most influential force in bringing the Broadway musical into the modern age. He has won every conceivable award: Kennedy Center Honors, a Pulitzer Prize, two Grammys®, an Oscar® and eight Tonys, including a special award for Lifetime Achievement.

Christine Ebersole has enchanted audiences throughout her performing career, from the Broadway stage to television series and specials, films, concert appearances and recordings. Ebersole has received virtually every Off-Broadway award and her second Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her “dual role of a lifetime” as Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens.

Brian Stokes Mitchell’s career includes performances in Man of La Mancha (Tony nomination and Helen Hayes Award); Kiss Me Kate (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Ragtime (Tony nomination); King Hedley II (Tony nomination); Kiss of the Spider Woman; Jelly’s Last Jam; Oh, Kay! and Mail, which earned him a Theatre World award for outstanding Broadway Debut. Recently, Stokes returned to Broadway to appear in Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown which also starred Patti LuPone.

You can catch me in the foyer.

Thanks for dropping by again.

Kevin

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