Get set for two star-studded virtual concerts with top Broadway entertainers on Sunday, Apr. 26. One celebrates the 90th birthday of Broadway musical legend Stephen Sondheim, the other celebrates the LGBTQ community.
Both concerts are FREE. Unfortunately, they are both scheduled for the same time – 8pm, so you;ll have to choose.
“Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration”
The free online event takes place on the 50th anniversary of the opening night of Sondheim’s musical Company, which debuted on Broadway on April 26, 1970.
This once-in-a-lifetime event will include songs of inspiration from the Sondheim catalog featuring performances from many of the artists who delivered iconic turns in his shows, including
Meryl Streep, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Christine Baranski, Donna Murphy, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Aaron Tveit, Katrina Lenk, Michael Cerveris, Brandon Uranowitz, Stephen Schwartz, Elizabeth Stanley, Alexander Gemignani.
Also appearing, from the cast of Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company, Ann Harada, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh and Thom Sesma.
The evening’s host and producer is Raúl Esparza, who starred as Bobby in the highly acclaimed, Tony Award-winning revival of Company in 2006, and in the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration productions of Sunday in the Park (George).
This special online event will act as a fundraiser for ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty), the organization conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art.
Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with youth from underserved communities in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.
Watch on broadway.com, facebook.com/Broadway or on youtube.com.
“Together in Pride: You are Not Alone”
This concert, hosted by GLADD, also is at 8 p.m. EST on GLAAD’s Facebook Live.
Scheduled to perform are Kesha, Alex Newell, Melissa Etheridge, and Mj Rodriguez & George Salazar.
Barbra Streisand reportedly also will stop by.
The event is to include interviews with Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Buttigieg about the 2020 election, while trans actor Brian Michael Smith will interview a gay doctor in NYC who is battling the pandemic on front lines.
Rosie O’Donnell, Tyler Oakley, and Wilson Cruz will speak with executive directors of local LGBTQ centers who are offering front-line/direct services to LGBTQ people in need, reminding all the community has come together in pride to support its members during these challenging times.
The event will highlight the LGBTQ response to COVID-19 and amplify messages of acceptance and affirmation to the LGBTQ community, and people living with HIV during this unprecedented time.
The livestream will raise funds for LGBTQ community centers that are members of CenterLink.