Sondheim! The Birthday Concert [Blu-ray]
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Filmed live, March 15�16, 2010 at Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
Top Customer Reviews
The absolutely transcendent highlight of the show comes near the end as six actresses square off center stage. But before I get to that, I'll just say that David Hyde Pearce is a nimble host. The earlier moments that stood out for me are the pairings--Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley are a delight, Joanna Gleason and Chip Zien have a charming reunion from "Into the Woods" and Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin slay with a powerful selection from "Sunday in the Park With George." But truly, no one hits a wrong note here--the entire production is spot-on.
But the Diva sing off is beyond words. With Peters, Mazzie, Donna Murphy, Patty LuPone, Audra McDonald, and Elaine Stritch--you think I'm going to say I didn't like it? Not a chance. LuPone is strong, McDonald (one of my all time favorites) is precise, and Stritch belts out her signature number to crowd pleasing perfection (however, it is the third concert this year where I've seen her do it).Read more ›
Living proof that musical-theatre can indeed be ART!
Ironically, the highlight of the first act is a hard-hitting, emotional performance of 'Too Many Mornings' from FOLLIES, by powerhouses Audra McDonald and Nathan Gunn-two artists not remotely associated with Sondheim's work on Broadway. Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin revisit original roles in 'Move On' from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, by far the best-sung of the "originals" section of the evening.Read more ›
Nothing from Gypsy but Sondheim didn't write the music.
It was a historical night we'll never forget. And we met Dr. Ruth who was sitting next to us!
On March 22, 2010, Stephen Sondheim turned 80 years old and David Hyde Pierce, Chip Zien, Lonny Price and Paul Gemignani arranged a concert in his honor. This was a concert to please him, not the public. We didn't hear "Broadway Baby" again; We were not forced to listen to one more amazing singer sing "Send In the Clowns" (a song that is so eassy to sing that Strohm Thurman could've recorded it) and instead we had the New York Philharmonic, Hyde Pierce's comic reparte' and the finest most famous theatre performers in history to do a live birthday concert for him which, fortunately, was beautifully filmed and is now, without question, the greatest evening of Sondheim to date.
There are moments of revisiting the original: Mandy Patinklin and Bernadete Peters singing "Move on", Johanna Gleason and Chip Zien" with "it Takes Two", and the new cast performance of "America" which was as good, if not better than the original.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply wonderful. Just the song "Sunday" is worth the price of admission. And the Ladies in Red...?
phenomenal! Read more
One of the best of the Sondheim tributes, IMO. The "finale" really is extraordinary on every conceivable level; goosebumps for days!Published 3 months ago by Eric Brown
Bought this as a gift. My friend received it quickly and was very happy with itPublished 5 months ago by lindsay
The man is a genius...his songs stand the test of time and reflect his genius, and the cast assembled here to pay tribute to Stephen on his, then, 80th birthday, is such a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard B. Green
Thank God for DVD's! Now I have a record of that event. I bequeath all of my 200+ to my local Public Library
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