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Broadway to Mark Stephen Sondheim Birthday

February 18, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ Broadway will celebrate composer Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday with a gala benefit concert featuring a parade of theater stars.

Among the performers expected to appear at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 21, the day before Sondheim’s 75th birthday, are Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Patti LuPone, Barbara Cook, Mandy Patinkin, Chita Rivera, Harvey Fierstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Audra McDonald, David Hyde Pierce, Dame Edna Everage and more.

The evening is called ``Children and Art,″ the title of a song from Sondheim’s ``Sunday in the Park With George.″ The show will benefit Young Playwrights Inc., an organization the composer helped found in 1981.

Also appearing will be original cast members of several Sondheim shows including ``Company,″ ``Follies″ and ``Merrily We Roll Along,″ as well as a 35-piece orchestra, a 100-voice choir and the Young People’s Chorus of New York.

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http://www.sondheim75.com

http://www.youngplaywrights.org

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