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A Musical Tribute

Sondheim: A Musical Tribute was the title given to a benefit staged in March, 1973. American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the National Hemophilia Foundation first wanted to honor Harold Prince, but he declined, so they chose Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim thought it would be "merely a dinner," but it was actually a full-scale production with 33 performers and a 30-piece orchestra, staged on the set of the then-running A Little Night Music at the Shubert Theatre.

The director, Burt Shevelove, divided the show into four segments: Sondheim as lyricist, cut songs, comedy numbers and songs for women. Most of the cast had been associated with Sondheim at some point in their careers. The evening was recorded by Warner Brothers and released on a two-record set, affectionately known to Sondheim fanatics as "The Scrabble Album" due to the Scrabble tiles spelling out Sondheim's name on the cover.

Performance       	March 11, 1973

For the benefit of A.M.D.A. and The National Hemophilia Foundation

Theatre       		Shubert Theatre
Producer       		Kurt Peterson

In association with Craig Zadan and Neil Appelbaum

Director       		Burt Shevelove
Choreographer       	Donna McKechnie
Setting       		Courtesy of Boris Aronson
Lighting       		Tharon Musser
Costume Coordination  	Florence Klotz
Musical Direction     	Paul Gemignani
Musical Coordination	Jonathan Tunick
Special Arrangements 	Jonathan Tunick


  • George Lee Andrews
  • Larry Blyden
  • Susan Browning
  • Len Cariou
  • Jack Cassidy
  • Dorothy Collins
  • Steve Elmore
  • Harvey Evans
  • Hermione Gingold
  • Laurence Guittard
  • Pamela Hall
  • Ron Holgate
  • Beth Howland
  • Glynis Johns
  • Justine Johnston
  • Larry Kert
  • Mark Lambert
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Victoria mallory
  • Mary McCarty
  • Donna McKechnie
  • John McMartin
  • Pamela Myers
  • Kurt Peterson
  • Alice Playten
  • Teri Ralston
  • Chita Rivera
  • Marti Rolph
  • Virginia Sandifur
  • Ethel Shutta
  • Alexis Smith
  • Tony Stevens
  • Nancy Walker

Special Guests:

  • Harold Prince
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • Jule Styne
  • Burt Shevelove
  • Diana Shumlin
  • Sheldon Harnick
  • George Furth
  • James Goldman
  • Mary Rodgers
  • Goddard Lieberson
  • Anthony Perkins

Musical Numbers:

  • Overture
  • Side by Side by Side
  • Do I Hear a Waltz?
  • Take the Moment
  • If Momma Was Married
  • America
  • Something's Coming
  • One More Kiss
  • Broadway Baby
  • You Could Drive a Person Crazy
  • You're Gonna Love Tomorrow
  • Love Will See Us Through
  • Take Me to the World
  • I Remember
  • Silly People
  • Two Firy Tales
  • There Won't Be Trumpets
  • Love Is in the Air
  • Your Eyes Are Blue
  • Marry Me a Little
  • Pleasant Little Kingdom
  • Too Many Mornings
  • Me and My Town
  • The Little Thigns You Do Together
  • Lovely
  • Getting Married Today
  • Buddy's Blues
  • Comedy Tonight
  • Class
  • So Many People
  • Another Hundred People
  • Happily Every After
  • Being Alive
  • We're Gonna Be All Right
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Liaisons
  • I'm Still Here
  • A Parade in Town
  • Could I Leave You?
  • Send in the Clowns
  • Losing My Mind
  • Anyone Can Whistle
  • What Would We Do Without You?
  • Side by Side by Side

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