David Armstrong, host and producer of the popular podcast Broadway Nation, and artistic director emeritus of The 5th Avenue Theatre, will share fascinating stories about the life and times of Stephen Sondheim, in “The Genius of Sondheim,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Vashon Center for the Arts.
The show will include musical performances by stars of The 5th Avenue Theater including Anne Allgood, Joshua Carter, James Rocco, Billy Wildrick and Evan Stults will perform such Sondheim gems as “Send in the Clowns,” “Ladies Who Lunch,” “Being Alive,” “Broadway Baby,” and many others.
Sondheim, who died in 2021 at the age of 91, was “American theater’s most revered and influential composer-lyricist of the last half of the 20th century and the driving force behind some of Broadway’s most beloved and celebrated shows,” according to the New York Times.
His career began in the late 1950s, when he wrote the lyrics for “West Side Story” and “Gypsy,” and continued through the 1970s and 80s when he wrote “Company,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Follies,” “Sunday in the Park with George” and many other musicals. In the 1990s, he continued his streak of genius with “Assassins” and “Passion.”
David Armstrong is an American stage director, writer, producer, lecturer, and choreographer. He is best known for his work at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, where from 2000 to 2018, he served as the producing artistic director and executive producer.
Get tickets for the show at vashoncenterforthearts.org. The show will also be live-streamed on VCA’s website.