SCFTA presents A Broadway Birthday: Sondheim, Lloyd Webber and Friends for only one night on March 28

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) features the performance of A Broadway Birthday: Sondheim, Lloyd Webber, and Friends for one night only on March 28 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This special birthday bash will honor and celebrate the shared birthday of two of the most well-regarded composers in the musical theater scene with performances from some of today’s top Broadway talents.

One of the strangest coincidences of modern musical theater is that two of its foremost composers, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim, share a birthday, March 22.

Every birthday party needs friends and SCFTA has gathered an array of Broadway’s brightest stars to honor the unparalleled contributions these two men have made to the Great White Way.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Celebrating this unusual joint birthday celebration are the Tony-winning legend Betty Buckley, Center favorite Liz Callaway, Alex Joseph Grayson (direct from the acclaimed new revival of Parade), along with stars Aaron Lazar and Kerry O’Malley – who just recently spread holiday cheer in Segerstrom’s Cabaret Series with the Broadway Hollywood Holiday Songbook, plus TV star and OCSA Hall of Fame alumni Matthew Morrison.

No doubt about it, this birthday bash is going to be a present for every Broadway lover in Southern California.

Stephen Sondheim was widely acknowledged as the most innovative, most influential, and most important composer and lyricist in modern Broadway history. He was the winner of an Academy Award, numerous Tony Awards, multiple Grammy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize.

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Stephen Sondheim

Some of his other accolades include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors (1993), the National Medal of Arts (1996), the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Gold Medal for Music (2006) and a special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (2008).

Andrew Lloyd Webber has received a number of awards, including a knighthood in 1992, followed by a peerage for services to the arts, six Tonys, three Grammys (as well as the Grammy Legend Award), an Academy Award, 14 Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe, a Brit Award, the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors, the 2008 Classic Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and an Emmy Award. He is one of 17 people to have won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is an inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

Several of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s songs have been widely recorded and were successful outside of their parent musicals, such as “Memory” from Cats, “The Music of the Night” and “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from Evita, and “Any Dream Will Do” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In 2001, The New York Times referred to him as “the most commercially successful composer in history.”

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Performers:

In an award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, Betty Buckley is probably best known as the quintessential musical theater actress. Dubbed “The Voice of Broadway,” the multitalented artist is one of a precious few who helped change the face of musical theater acting with her realistic, naturalistic approach to roles that run the gamut from the wife of an early U.S. President (1776), which marked Buckley’s Broadway debut, through a critically acclaimed, Olivier Award-nominated performance as deluded, silent-screen star Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard), a part she re-created on Broadway to equal success.

Liz Callaway is a Tony and Grammy nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats. She has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers and The Look of Love.

Alex Joseph Grayson is an actor and musician from Watertown, N.Y. Over the last decade, he has performed on the biggest stages of the American theater, including Broadway, National Tours and several regional theaters. He previously acted as lead vocalist of the metal band Ten Thousand Pounds.

Aaron Lazar is an actor, singer, producer and entrepreneur from Cherry Hill, N.J. Lazar graduated magna cum laude from Duke University. His career spans Broadway, television, film and concerts, and has allowed him to share his passion for the arts with audiences worldwide.

Kelly O’Malley was raised in Nashua, N.H. She was educated at Duke University and the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Her television and film credits are extensive.

Matthew Morrison is a versatile actor who is recognized for his work on-stage and on-screen. He has been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

Tickets start at $49 and are available for purchase online at www.scfta.org, in person at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa and by phone at 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts of 10 or more, call the Group Services offices at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.


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