Photo Flash: 'Being Alive' at Westport Country Playhouse

By: Aug. 24, 2007
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Westport Country Playhouse brings the legendary talents of Stephen Sondheim to its stage with Being Alive, a world premiere musical revue, August 24 through September 9. Sondheim served as an apprentice at the Playhouse in 1950. 

The new work, conceived and directed by award-winning musical theatre performer Billy Porter (Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, Smokey Joe's Cafe) will combine music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim with text by William Shakespeare.

"For Being Alive, Porter has jazzed, blues'ed and hipped Sondheim's songs, creating a completely new perspective on classics including 'Anyone Can Whistle,' 'Send in the Clowns,' 'Children Will Listen' and 'Being Alive,' woven together with Shakespeare's eloquence," state press notes.

Cast members of Being Alive are Natalie Venetia Belcon, who was in Broadway's Tony Award-winning Avenue Q; Chuck Cooper, who received the Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in The Life and an Audelco Award for Caroline, or Change; Joshua Henry, who was in In the Heights; N'Kenge, who received an Arizoni Award nomination for the title role in Aida and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for 3 Mo' Divas; Leslie Odom, Jr., who was in Rent; Ken Robinson, who appeared in Ain't Misbehavin' and Jelly's Last Jam; and Rema Webb, who is currently in The Lion King.

The Playhouse is located in Westport, CT.  Visit for more information.

Photos by Richard J. Termine

Joshua Henry, N'Kenge, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Chuck Cooper, Ken Robinson, Rema Webb, Leslie Odom, Jr.

N'Kenge, Ken Robinson, Leslie Odom, Jr., Chuck Cooper, Rema Webb, Natalie Venetia Belcon and Joshua Henry sing "Take Me to the World"

Rema Webb, N'Kenge and Natalie Venetia Belcon