Stephen Sondheim's 75th: The Concert

The Hollywood Bowl

Los Angeles, CA

July 8, 2005

Barbra Streisand and Warren Beatty cohosted a star-studded evening of Stephen Sondheim music at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, July 8, 2005, an ASCAP-sponsored event honoring the esteemed composer and lyricist on his 75 birthday. Ms. Streisand, joined by Beatty and ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman, presented the culminating award to the composer, many of whose songs she has recorded. She was greeted, upon her introduction, with a standing ovation from the 18,000 person audience who then joined her in singing "Happy Birthday" to the evening's honoree.

The award commemorated the creation of Sondheim's Children Will Listen program of the ASCAP Foundation.

A stellar line-up of performers paid tribute to Stephen Sondheim in celebration of his 75th birthday year, including Jason Alexander, Carol Burnett, Len Cariou, Jason Danieley, Josh Groban, Angela Lansbury, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, Donna Murphy, Bernadette Peters, Emmy Rossum, Elaine Stritch and Vanessa Williams. The performers were accompanied by The Los Angeles Philharmonic with Paul Gemignani as Musical Director and Conductor. The event was produced and directed by Paul Lazarus.

Sondheim 75th

Left to Right: Marilyn Bergman, Stephen Sondheim, Warren Beatty, Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand received a standing ovation when she walked out onto the stage near the end of the show.

“I haven't been here since 1960-something,” Barbra told the audience. “An Israeli tribute I think it was...”

“To sing a song of Sondheim's is a singer's reward. It's a gift, often a challenging and complex one, but always dazzling in its intelligence, wit, and compassion,” Barbra said.

Barbra then introduced ASCAP President (and good friend) Marilyn Bergman, who joined Warren Beatty and Barbra onstage to present Sondheim with the award.

Streisand, Beatty, Bergman

“And one more thing!” Barbra exclaimed. “We'll all do this together, okay?”

Barbra led the audience (accompanied by The Los Angeles Philharmonic with Paul Gemignani as Musical Director and Conductor) in a round of “Happy Birthday.” Barbra quipped to Sondheim during the song, “Who said I didn't sing?”

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