The all-star West End Sondheim tribute concert Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends will air on BBC Two and stream via the iPlayer this holiday season, with a premiere date to be announced.
Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, the event was filmed live last May at the Sondheim Theatre for a simultaneous live screening at the Prince Edward Theatre; the upcoming BBC airing will be the first commercial release of the full event beyond the initial simulcast. Read reviews for the concert here.
Watch highlights from the concert above.
Among the performers paying tribute to the late Broadway legend were Michael Ball, Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Petula Clark, Rosalie Craig, Janie Dee, Judi Dench, Daniel Evans, Maria Friedman, Haydn Gwynne, Bonnie Langford, Damian Lewis, Julia McKenzie, Julian Ovenden, Bernadette Peters, Siân Phillips, Jon Robyns, Clive Rowe, Jenna Russell, Imelda Staunton, Charlie Stemp, Gary Wilmot, and Michael D. Xavier.
The company was rounded out by Shan Ako, Christine Allado, Holly-Anne Hull, Ashley Campbell, Anna-Jane Casey, Desmonda Cathabel, Josefina Gabrielle, Louis Gaunt, Amy Griffiths, Rob Houchen, Bradley Jaden, Ian McLarnon, Jeremy Secomb, Jordan Shaw, and Matthew White.
Matthew Bourne and Maria Friedman (currently directing Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop) staged the gala with choreography by Stephen Mear and a 25-piece orchestra conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker with musical arrangements by Stephen Metcalfe, set design by Matt Kinley, projection designs by George Reeve, lighting by Warren Letton, and sound by Mick Potter.