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Countdown of The Best "Another Hundred People" Perfs For Sondheim's 90th Birthday Livestream Concert

April 25th, 2020 by

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Tomorrow - there is going to be a livestream concert for the ages.

Benefitting ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty), Raúl Esparza will be hosting Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration Sunday April 26th at 8pm EST. The show will be directed by Broadway.com's Paul Wontorek with musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. Set a reminder on your phone, bookmark the page, write a post it, schedule an alarm - you're not going to want to miss this.

The cast lineup, to put it frankly, is absolutely bonkers amazing. Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Jake Gyllenhaal, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Meryl Streep, and Aaron Tveit. That's only 10 (alphabetized in NO particular order because... WHAT!?) cast members of the incredible roster of talent performing for Mr. Sondheim 90's birthday concert.

One tune we hope we hear tomorrow is Sondheim's true Manhattan valentine "Another Hundred People" from Company. As "Take Me To The World" is so fitting for our current circumstances, "Another Hundred People" would be a marvelous title for Sondheim's forthcoming 100th birthday celebration in ten years!

We're counting down the 8 ultimate "Another Hundred People" covers in prep for tomorrow night! Happy Birthday Mr. Sondheim!


8. Lauren Pritchard



This is a Marta in Company we would love to see! Awesome to see Lolo sing Sondheim after seeing her rock infused Ilse in Spring Awakening. How great is Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band btw?


7. Angel Desai

Most recently seen as Marta from the 2006 revival of Company with Raúl as Bobby, she's matter of fact and New York cool.


6. Anna Francolini


Anna played Marta in the 1995 Donmar Warehouse production opposite Adrian Lester as Bobby. She's spunky, she's unusual and fits the unique Marta.


5. Anika Noni Rose


That voice! The Tony winner soared through this Sondheim classic with Neil Patrick Harris as her Bobby with the New York Philharmonic.


4. Mel C.


Hear us out. Spice Girls' Mel C. came out with a theatre album, Stages, after appearing in Blood Brothers and Jesus Christ Superstar in the UK. This version is fun!


3. Melanie Field


Before appearing on television in Heathers, Florida Girls and You, Melanie performed a crystal clear rendition of the Sondheim classic. We also loved her story of going to school at NYU peppered in the middle.


2. Lea Salonga


We think Lea can sing the phonebook (are there phonebooks anymore?). Lea's pitch perfect performance is a dream and we were thrilled to hear her put her glorious spin on this tune.


1. Pamela Myers


The original Broadway cast was blessed to have the effervescent Pamela Myers as their original Marta. As you'll see in this clip (the fun starts at 4:24), she's the epitome of Marta - 1970's New York uniqueness, confidence and sass with a magical voice to boot.


Extra Credit
As we saw with Bobby Conte Thornton in the recent revival of Company, Marta's character had been updated to P.J.. A number of fantastic gentlemen have also performed the classic with Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band and we wanted to showcase them too. Enjoy them here, in no particular order, each marvelous and different in their own right! You'll love their individual takes on the song.


Gerard Canonico



Jay Armstrong Johnson



Adam Kaplan



Set those reminders for tomorrow, Sunday April 26th at 8pm EST for Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration live on Broadway.com.