A celebration of the life and works of Stephen Sondheim. For the composer's 80th birthday, many of musical theater's brightest stars gathered in March of 2010 to perform two dozen musical numbers from Sondheim's career.
From his early years under the mentorship of Oscar Hammerstein II and continuing through the groundbreaking productions of his later career, Stephen Sondheim has been the sound of the American musical theater.
Beginning with his collaborations as lyricist on such Broadway classics as 'West Side Story' and 'Gypsy,' to his breakthrough complete scores for 'Company,' 'Follies,' 'A Little Night Music,' 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Sunday in the Park With George' and 'Into the Woods,' Sondheim led the way from Broadway’s golden age into the contemporary modern Broadway of today.
This New York Philharmonic’s gala all-star salute was filmed live during two concerts in the Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
David Hyde Pierce hosts the filmed concert, which includes Broadway stars Laura Benanti, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Jason Danieley, Joanna Gleason, Nathan Gunn, George Hearn, Patti LuPone, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, Donna Murphy, Karen Olivo, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch and Chip Zien.
Sondheim's music director Paul Gemignani conducts.