A new adaptation of the Broadway docu-musical Sondheim on Sondheim, which has been re-orchestrated to showcase a full symphony orchestra, will receive its European premiere with the BBC Concert Orchestra March 15 at Royal Festival Hall.
The cast will feature Tony Award nominee Liz Callaway, who appeared in the original Broadway cast of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, as well as Julian Ovenden, Ben Forster, Tyrone Huntley, Claire Moore, and Rebecca Trehearn.
Two-time Tony Award winner Michael Starobin, who orchestrated the original productions of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George and Assassins, expanded his nine-musician arrangements from the 2010 Broadway premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim for the symphonic version that premiered with the Boston Pops in 2017.
Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart will lead the BBC Concert Orchestra for the one-night-only London performance.
Sondheim on Sondheim Symphonic Version retains most of the candid, in-depth video interviews with Sondheim that punctuated the Broadway incarnation, while streamlining its original two-act structure into a 100-minute presentation. The original Broadway production was written and directed by Sondheim's frequent collaborator, James Lapine.
Callaway has been a special guest performer on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway on the High Seas 10: Odyssey Through the Greek Isles cruise June 24–July 1, 2019, with a lineup of top Broadway stars to be announced. Call Judy Perl Worldwide for tickets at (844) 561-3625. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.