UK TV Licence fee payers are in for a treat this New Year as the BBC presents its own triple-barrelled Sondheim tribute. The uniquely talented Sondheim, a giant of musical theatre who enjoyed a career spanning seven decades, died in November 2021. All thre programmes are available via the BBCiPlayer until January 26th. (You need an account to view BBCiPlayer).
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH STEPHEN is a 50-minute OMNIBUS film shot in 1991 as Sondheim’s time as inaugural Professor at Cambridge was coming to an end and overlapping with rehearsals for the London opening of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.
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BBC PROMS: SONDHEIM’S 80th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION is a delightful two-hour party from 2010, the first all-Sondheim Prom. The concert includes excerpts from his hit shows A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, SWEENEY TODD and INTO THE WOODS performed by a starry cast of leading figures of the opera and theatre worlds with Bryn Terfel, Maria Friedman, Simon Russell Beale, Daniel Evans and special guests.
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SONDHEIM AT THE BBC is a 90-minute compilation of his songs in great performances by a galaxy of stars, broadcast on the BBC over a period of 60 years, with performances from a cast of his friends and fans that features some of the biggest names of stage and screen, including Shirley Bassey, Sammy Davis Jr, Michael Ball and Liza Minnelli and many more.
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