'Sondheim: The Birthday Concert' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Wed Sep 29, 2010 at 06:00 AM PDT by

Broadway goes BIG on DVD and Blu-ray this November for Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday!

In an early announcement to retailers, Image Entertainment has revealed 'Sondheim: The Birthday Concert' directed by Lonny Price and hosted by David Hyde Pierce is coming to Blu-ray on November 16.

The cast, with a treasury of Tony® Awards among them, delight in performing classic as well as less often heard gems from Sondheim’s many Broadway shows. Joanna Gleason and Chip Zien reunite from Into the Woods, Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin perform chilling pieces from Sunday in the Park with George and Patti Lupone, George Hearn and Michael Cerveris team together for a special take on their Sweeney Todd showstoppers, among many others. The “Beautiful Girls” sextet of performances alone is reason enough to collect this offering.

Performances include: "America" (Dancers, West Side Story) "Something’s Coming" (Alexander Gemingnani, West Side Story) "We’re Gonna Be Alright" (Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Do I Hear a Waltz?) "Don’t Laugh" (Victoria Clark, Hot Spot) "Johanna"(Nathan Gunn, Sweeney Todd) "You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow" and "Love Will See Us Through" (Matt Cavenaugh, Jenn Colella, Laura Osnes, Bobby Steggert, Follies) "Too Many Mornings" (Nathan Gunn, Audra McDonald, Follies) "The Road You Didn’t Take" (John McMartin, Follies) "It Takes Two" (Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien, Into the Woods) "Growing Up" (Jim Walton, Merrily We Roll Along) "Finishing the Hat" (Mandy Patinkin, Sunday in the Park with George) "Move On" (Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Sunday in the Park with George) "Pretty Women" (Michael Cerveris, George Hearn, Sweeney Todd) "A Little Priest" (Michael Cerveris, George Hearn, Patti LuPone, Sweeney Todd) “Theme from ‘Reds’” with Pas De Deux (NY Philharmonic, ABT Dancers Maria Riccetto and Blaine Hoven) "So Many People" (Laura Benanti, Saturday Night) "Beautiful Girls" (David Hyde Pierce) "Ladies Who Lunch" (Patti LuPone, Company) "Losing My Mind" (Marin Mazzie– Follies) "The Glamorous Life" (Audra McDonald, A Little Night Music) "Could I Leave You" (Donna Murphy, Follies) "Not a Day Goes By" (Bernadette Peters, Merrily We Roll Along) "I’m Still Here" (Elaine Stritch, Follies) "Sunday" (Broadway Chorus, Sunday in the Park with George) "Happy Birthday" (All Cast).

In addition, Image has also recently released, through PS Classics, the original Broadway cast recording of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat in a lavish 2-CD set.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and no supplements have been revealed so far.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $29.98.

You can find the latest specs for 'Sondheim: The Birthday Concert' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under November 16.

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Sondheim! The Birthday Concert (Blu-ray)
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