Angela Lansbury Hosts Irish Rep’s Sondheim Tribute June 13

Benefits and Galas   Angela Lansbury Hosts Irish Rep’s Sondheim Tribute June 13 Melissa Errico, Len Cariou, and Rebecca Luker are also scheduled to perform.
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Five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury will be joined by original Sweeney Todd cast members Len Cariou and Ken Jennings when she introduces Sondheim at Seven, a gala benefit for the Off-Broadway company Irish Repertory Theatre June 13 at Town Hall in New York.

The event is reportedly sold out.

Cariou played Sweeney and Jennings played Tobias opposite Lansbury in the original cast of the 1979 Sondheim musical. Lansbury will get some performing help from the “galaxy of Broadway stars” promised for the evening, including Michael Cerveris, Donna Kane, Jeremy Jordan, Rebecca Luker, Melissa Errico, Danielle Ferland, Malcolm Gets, Nancy Anderson, Howard McGillin, Max von Essen, Ryan Silverman, Ciaran Sheehan, and Mark Evans.

Guests are scheduled to perform “as many hit songs as we can fit into 90 minutes” from Stephen Sondheim musicals Sweeney Todd, Follies, Into the Woods, Assassins, Gypsy, Passion, Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Night Music, Company, West Side Story, and others.

Lansbury starred in the original Broadway productions of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Anyone Can Whistle, and revivals of his Gypsy and A Little Night Music.

The event will honor Carmine D. Boccuzzi Jr., partner at Cleary Gottlieb LLP, and will recognize the “extraordinary contributions” of Anne Anderson, ambassador of Ireland to the United States; Barbara Jones, consul general of Ireland in New York; and David Donoghue, ambassador of Ireland to the United Nations.

The 7 PM concert will be held at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street in Manhattan. It will be directed by Charlotte Moore, with musical direction by John Bell.

“We look forward to toasting to our first full season back in our beautiful new home,” said Ciarán O’Reilly, producing director of Irish Rep, which has specialized in Irish and Irish-American stage works since its founding in 1988.

Artistic Director Charlotte Moore said, “To have the music of Stephen Sondheim, performed by some of best voices in New York City, is a fitting way to celebrate and will make this a truly special occasion. We’re also thrilled to be honoring Carmine, who, with his colleagues at Cleary Gottlieb LLP, has been with the Irish Rep since the beginning, as well as recognizing the lasting contributions of our Irish government representatives who will all three be stepping down from their posts this year. This past amazing season would not have been possible without them.”

Luker, Errico, and McGillin have been special guest performers on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are available for Playbill’s Rhine River cruise in August 2017, featuring Seth Rudetsky, Andréa Burns, Faith Prince, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d’Amboise, and Santino Fontana. Playbill Travel is now also booking Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 2017, also featuring Carmen Cusack, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Marc Kudisch, Christopher Sieber, Brandon Uranowitz, and Rudetsky, as well as other exciting talent to be announced. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.

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