ONE AFTERNOON WITH STEPHEN SONDHEIM Set for Her Majesty's Theatre Today, 11/23

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Sofitel Melbourne on Collins presents ONE AFTERNOON WITH Stephen Sondheim today, Friday, 23 November at 2 p.m., hosted by ABC CLASSIC FM Mornings Presenter Christopher Lawrence.

The event was required to be rescheduled due to an unfortunate set of circumstances involving a wrist injury to Mr Sondheim. He has now been cleared for travel and therefore we are able to reschedule this unique event.

Tickets purchased for the existing date/s will not need to be exchanged. Ticket holders should simply present their existing ticket(s) at Her Majesty's Theatre on Friday 23 November at 2pm. If unable to attend, ticket holders are able to receive a full refund by contacting their original point of purchase.

Ticket holders for One Afternoon with Stephen Sondheim are also able to access a special offer for the evening performance of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum playing at Her Majesty's Theatre 8pm at on Friday 23 November. Call Ticketek on 1300 795 012 for more information.

Presented on the set of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the celebrated composer and lyricist will be in conversation with ABC CLASSIC FM Mornings Presenter Christopher Lawrence. A stellar line-up of Australian talent will perform selections from Sondheim’s body-of-work.

Stephen Sondheim is one of musical theatres’ leading composers and lyricists. He is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, multiple Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Laurence Olivier Award. Described by Frank Rich of the New York Times as "now the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater", his most famous works as composer/ lyricist include; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods. He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy.

One Afternoon with Stephen Sondheim will be the first in what will become a regular initiative to be known as The Guest Series under the umbrella of the ANZ Trustees Foundation - Rob Guest Endowment. Proceeds from The Guest Series will contribute towards the annual endowment. In 2008, after the sudden death of Rob Guest, one of Australia’s most celebrated musical theatre performers, ANZ and ANZ Trustees established a memorial fund. The ANZ Trustees Foundation - Rob Guest Endowment is awarded each year to an emerging musical theatre performer selected by a panel of industry experts, providing the performer with further knowledge and training in the industry to develop their potential.

The 2012 Rob Guest Endowment Gala Concert presented by ANZ Trustees will be held on Monday November 19th at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne.

Tickets on sale now, $80* - $120*. Student tickets from $45*. *Transaction fees may apply. Visit www.ticketek.com.au or phone 132 849.

For Sofitel Melbourne on Collins' Pre-Show Dining & Hotel Packages, visit www.showbiz.com.au or phone 1300 4 SHOWS.

*A credit/debit card processing fee from 1.75% may apply. Ticket orders are subject to credit card approval and customer account verification. A one-off service/delivery fee from $4.95 per transaction applies.

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