Here’s to Stephen Sondheim.
A huge cast of major stars, most of them LGBTQ icons and some of them members of the community, saluted the gay man who can claim the title of greatest living Broadway composer and lyricist with a concert titled Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration, livestreamed Sunday on Broadway.com.
There were numerous excellent numbers in the show, but the highlight for many viewers was Meryl Streep, Audra McDonald, and Christine Baranski, drinking and clad in bathrobes, performing “The Ladies Who Lunch,” originally sung by Elaine Stritch in Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical Company in 1970.
And young queer performers Ben Platt (The Politician) and Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) delivered a fabulous rendition of “It Takes Two” from Into the Woods.
Bi actor Raúl Esparza, who played Bobby in the 2006 revival of Company, hosted the event and performed “Take Me to the World” from the 1966 television musical Evening Primrose. Below, watch the full concert, which not only celebrated Sondheim, who turned 90 in March, but raised money for Artists Striving to End Poverty, which forges relationships between artists and underserved communities.