Chicago is something of a second home for the work of Stephen Sondheim, the genius of Broadway, now 85 and still at work. So “A Sondheim Celebration,” part of this summer’s Grant Park Music Festival lineup, is bound to attract a big (and knowledgeable) crowd.
Featuring the Grant Park Orchestra led by guest conductor and long-time Sondheim collaborator Paul Gemignani, the program will be performed July 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, with open rehearsals set for 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 9 and 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m on July 10. The lineup includes selections (vocals and suites) from his most familiar musicals (“Sweeney Todd” “Company” ” Into the Woods,” “Follies,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” “A Little Night Music”), as well as the less frequently revived shows (“Pacific Overtures,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Anyone Can Whistle”), plus the music from his film score for “Dick Tracy.”
‘A SONDHEIM CELEBRATION’
When: July 10 and 11 at 8 p.m.
Where: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in
Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph
Featured performers will be Elizabeth Stanley (currently starring as Claire De Loone in the Broadway revival of “On the Town”), and Alex Gemignani (who has a long list of Broadway credits), with Tedd Firth on piano. But the question remains: With so many hugely gifted musical musical theater performers with extensive Sondheim credits filling the stages of Chicago theaters, why is this program so New York-centric in its casting?
(NOTE: Friday’s concert is being broadcast live on 98.7 WFMT and streamed live atwfmt.com.)