after our 2009/10 Met Opera Ticket Scramble on August 10, 2009, Sally and I were debriefing the season situation and relaxing at O'Neal's with the turkey burgers, Bloody Mary's and the New York Times. With her eagle entertainment opportunity eyes, Sally spotted an advertisement for the 2009/10 season of the Manhattan School of Music. Oh my! A Sondheim concert! Yes! We ticketed up immediately.
For only twenty bucks, we would get the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia, Musical Direction and Conducted by Paul Gemignani, Continuity and Direction by Lonny Price, Choreography by Josh Rhodes and Zoe Caldwell, Jenn Colella, Marin Mazzie, and Donna McKechnie! Twenty bucks! (Twelve bucks for my Mom!)
According to the press notes, "Beautiful Girls will showcase a compilation of Sondheim songs that explore a women’s journey through life reflected by his music. Expect songs from West Side Story, Gypsy, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies and Sweeney Todd."
Given that we're collectively spending upwards of $500.00 for other Sondheim 80th Birthday events later this spring, I'll take this $20 seat and be quite content.