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Celebrating Musical Theatre Legend Stephen Sondheim

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra are presenting a special concert, to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Stephen Sondheim (pictured) presented on his actual birthday, Sunday 22 March 2020, in QPAC’s Concert Hall.

Sondheim’s most well-known works include the music and lyrics for Company, Follies, Into the Woods, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy.

Sondheim on Sondheim is a portrait of the songwriter in his own words... and music and is hailed as a "revelatory revue full of wonderful moments" and a "funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theatre’s greatest living composer and lyricist”.

The carefully selected program of Sondheim songs featured in Sondheim on Sondheim hangs off a framework of in-depth exclusive video interviews with Sondheim himself, giving audiences an inside look at the personal life and artistic process of iconic composer.

Presented by QPAC and the 60-piece Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra this will be the Australian premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim with the full symphony orchestra arrangements, created especially for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at this production’s premiere at the Hollywood Bowl in 2017.

A line-up of some of Australia’s finest musical theatre stars will perform his classics, with award-winning star of stage and screen Philip Quast (Les Misérables, Sunday in the Park with George, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) and West End and Australian musicals leading lady Anne Wood (Cats, Mamma Mia, Into the Woods) to headline this special concert.

Australian artists Jason Barry-Smith, Jarrod Draper, Alister Kingsley, Naomi Price, and Patrice Tipoki, and four Bachelor of Musical Theatre degree students from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) will also bring their talents to the ‘party’, making this truly an unforgettable evening for Sondheim fans.

The concert will feature songs from West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Do I Hear a Waltz?, Evening Primrose, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins, Passion and more.

At 90 years of age and as one of the Godfathers of musical theatre, this special concert celebrates and pays homage to the Sondheim legend, providing not only an evening of entertainment, but a milestone opportunity to pause and reflect on a musical legacy that will live on forever.

Sondheim on Sondheim will be presented in the stunning acoustics of QPAC’s Concert Hall for one night only on Sunday 22 March at 6.00pm. Tickets on sale now at or phone 136-246.

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