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Sondheim Tribute with Mazzie, Prince, Edelman June 16-18

Gregg Edelman, Marin Mazzie and Faith Prince will perform the songs of the revered composer/lyricist in A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA from June 16th-18th at 8 PM.

The Boston Pops, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, will back up the three stars as well as Tanglewood Music Center fellows Abby Fischer, Chris Herbert, Lawrence Jones, Charles Temkey and Chanel Wood. The three concerts will celebrate Sondheim's recent 75th birthday.

Edleman is a four-time Tony nominee--for the 2002 revival of Into the Woods, the 1997 revival of 1776, City of Angels and Anna Karenina. He recently starred as Bob Baker in the revival of Wonderful Town on Broadway, and other credits include Anything Goes, Cabaret, Falsettos, Les Miserables, Oliver! and Reefer Madness! On screen, he has been seen in such films as Spider Man 2, City by the Sea and Hollywood Ending.

Mazzie most recently starred on Broadway as "Aldonza/Dulcinea" in the long-running revival of Man of La Mancha. She received Tony and Drama Desk nominations and an Outer Critics Circle award for her performance in the hit revival of Kiss Me, Kate, and later received an Olivier Award nomination when she made her West End debut in the show. Other Broadway credits include Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics nominations), Passion (Tony nomination), Into the Woods, Big River, and Out of This World (Encores!). In 2004, she reprised her role as Clara in a 10th anniversary concert of Passion.

Prince won the 1992 Best Actress in a Musical Tony for her Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Past Broadway credits include Jerome Robbins' Broadway (for which she earned her first Tony nomination), Nick and Nora, Guys and Dolls, What's Wrong with this Picture, the 1996 revival of The King and I (in which she was a replacement Mrs. Anna), Little Me, James Joyce's The Dead, Bells Are Ringing (her third Tony nominated role), and Noises Off. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in A Man of No Importance, Falsettoland and Little Shop of Horrors.

The career of Stephen Sondheim, who is considered by many to be the greatest living composer-lyricist of musicals, has spanned almost 50 years since his Broadway debut in 1957 as the lyricist of West Side Story. After also penning the lyrics to Gypsy (with a return to mere lyric-writing for 1965's Do I Hear a Waltz?), Sondheim went on to write the scores for a litany of shows that challenged musical theatre conventions in theme, content and structure. Among his shows (some of which are only recently attaining the popularity that eluded them in their original productions) are A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins and Passion. His latest musical, Bounce, closed out of town in DC before making it to Broadway but an expanded, limited-run production of 1974's The Frogs bowed last year at Lincoln Center to favorable reviews.

Sondheim retrospectives and celebrations have become quite the fashion in recent years. The Kennedy Center launced a critically-acclaimed Sondheim Celebration in 2002, mounting productions of Company, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Night Music and Passion. The Hollywood Bowl concert follows a star-packed, 24-hour Wall to Wall performance at Symphony Space and Children and Art at the New Amsterdam Theatre, also a glittery celebration of Sondheim's 75th birthday.

For tickets to A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim, call (888) 266-1200, or visit www.bso.org for more information.



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