Livestream Link For THE LORD & THE MASTER: BROADWAYWORLD.COM SINGS ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER & STEPHEN SONDHEIM!
Tonight, June 16, 2014 at 7:00pm, BroadwayWorld.com continues its 2014 concert series at legendary cabaret venue Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, hosting a uniquely contemporary evening celebrating the music of the two most important and influential composers on Broadway in the modern age, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim, all to benefit the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Following the sold-out success of BROADWAYWORLD.COM VISITS OZ, FLY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO DAMON INTRABARTOLO and EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAYWORLD.COM: A JULE STYNE TRIBUTE, this next event in the ongoing series will once again be directed by BroadwayWorld's own Pat Cerasaro, creator of the popular InDepth InterView series and a wide range of other innovative content for the site, with music direction by Broadway veteran Mat Eisenstein.
Performing talent currently scheduled to appear includes (in alphabetical order): Jennifer Diamond, Ben Fankhauser, Rose Hemingway, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Natalie Joy Johnson, Laura Michelle Kelly, Telly Leung, Jose Llana, Constantine Maroulis, Nellie McKay, Michael James Scott, Jennifer Simard, Max von Essen, Josh Young & Reserved For Rondee (Trevor Vaughn, Billy Magnussen, Nick Fokas, Tom Degnan and Warren Hemenway), with some very special guests and additional surprises to be announced at a later date. BroadwayWorld's own TV host and sage historian Richard Ridge will once again emcee the evening. Please note that as with all benefit concerts, talent announced is subject to change, based on scheduling.
Webber. Sondheim. BroadwayWorld. June 16 at Joe's Pub. Be there! Or, watch the livestream below. You can also find it at Joe's Pub's official YouTube Channel.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim have collectively created many of the most highly-awarded and most universally recognizable musicals of the 20th and 21st century, both firmly establishing themselves as major composers on the Great White Way in the early 1970s, while also having many of their most famous productions running on Broadway concurrently. Of course, Stephen Sondheim made an early mark on popular culture with his lyrics for Golden Age classics WEST SIDE STORY and GYPSY before breaking out on his own as composer/lyricist of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM and ANYONE CAN WHISTLE in the 1960s. In 1970, COMPANY ensconced him as a Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist in his own right, with a string of momentous musicals following shortly thereafter, including FOLLIES, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and PACIFIC OVERTURES, closing out the decade with modern musical masterpiece SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET in 1979. Similarly, Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice found early success in the late 1960s with their pop operetta JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, with the pair soon after achieving worldwide acclaim byway of international smash hit concept albums for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR in 1970 and EVITA in 1976, followed by successful stage iterations. Lloyd Webber's hit composer status increased further with CATS in 1981, with the show arriving the same year as Sondheim's final major partnership with collaborator and director Hal Prince, on MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, many Lloyd Webber and Sondheim shows shared a year, if not a Broadway season, with Sondheim's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and INTO THE WOODS arriving right alongside Lloyd Webber's SONG & DANCE, STARLIGHT EXPRESS and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, respectively. Sondheim began the 1990s with the daring ASSASSINS while Lloyd Webber romanced ASPECTS OF LOVE, with the two ironically reversing topics next when Lloyd Webber took on a piece of American iconography via SUNSET BOULEVARD and Sondheim explored matters of the heart in PASSION. Additionally, Lloyd Webber and Sondheim both took home Best Original Song Academy Awards during this time, with Sondheim's DICK TRACY contributions and Lloyd Webber's new EVITA motion picture addition scoring gold. In the following years, each composer has continued to attempt daring and idiosyncratic theatrical enterprises, with Sondheim expanding THE FROGS into a full-length evening and penning three distinctly different versions of the biomusical now known as ROAD SHOW, while also supervising various revues, film adaptations and celebrations of his material into the new millennium. Lloyd Webber finished out the 1990s with WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND before embarking on THE BEAUTIFUL GAME and THE WOMAN IN WHITE, as well as a stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ, and, most recently, the West End musical STEPHEN WARD.
Focusing primarily on the many years in which their musicals ran simultaneously, while also introducing some rarely-heard and new-to-NYC material at the same time, THE LORD & THE MASTER: BROADWAYWORLD.COM SINGS ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER & STEPHEN SONDHEIM will be highlighted by contemporary takes on a number of famous songs by both music masters while exploring some fascinating and entertaining hidden treasures, too.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the world's most extensive combination of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts - whether professional or amateur - the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs.
More information on The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is available at the official site here.
We would be thrilled if you would consider joining us for this one-of-a-kind event as only BroadwayWorld can do, feting two of the finest composers Broadway has ever known and showcasing an astounding display of copiously gifted young talent taking on some unforgettable classics and a handful of rare gems.