Stephen Sondheim 80th birthday Prom

The Frogs – Fanfare; Invocation and Instructions to the Audience
Follies – Overture; Broadway Baby; Too Many Mornings
Sunday in the Park with George – Title Song; Move On
Into the Woods – Agony; Children will Listen
A Little Night Music – Night Waltz; Send in the Clowns; A Weekend in the Country
Sweeney Todd – Prelude; Prologue; The Ballad of Sweeney Todd; Epiphany; A Little Priest
Company – Being Alive
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – Everybody Ought to Have a Maid
Merrily We Roll Along – Our Time
Sunday in the Park with George – Sunday
Company – Side By Side By Side

Simon Russell Beale (vocalist)
Dame Judi Dench (vocalist)
Daniel Evans (vocalist)
Maria Friedman (vocalist)
Caroline O’Connor (vocalist)
Julian Ovenden (vocalist)
Jenna Russell (vocalist)
Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)
Proms Sondheim Ensemble


BBC Performing Arts Fund Singers
BBC Concert Orchestra
David Charles Abell (conductor)

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Reviewed: 31 July, 2020

Marking the 80th birthday in 2010 of one of Broadway’s great innovators, this first ever Sondheim Prom drew together leading figures of the opera and theatre worlds, plus an array of special guests. Bryn Terfel had previously proved himself a magnetic Sweeney Todd in performances at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2007.

Terfel led a strong cast, joined by aspiring young performers supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund. On the bill were excerpts from horror musical Sweeney Todd, the Ingmar Bergman-inspired A Little Night Music and the fairy-tale compendium of Into the Woods, as well as excerpts from Company, Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George.

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(From BBC Proms 2010, 31 July)

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