One of the most reclusive legends in modern American history will make a rare appearance in Costa Mesa on Oct. 29.
Prolific Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will speak with American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers head Michael Kerker at the one-night-only affair, which also will feature the vocal stylings of fellow musical legends
Sondheim has brought some of Broadway's most beloved characters to the stage — from Tony and Maria in "West Side Story" to the eponymous "Sweeney Todd," and from the passive-aggressive
He is as well known for his seclusion as for his musical genius, and has won everything from
Sondheim was born in 1930. He was mentored as a teenager by
Sondheim stands out from other composers and lyricists for his delight in playing with dissonance, discord and cacophony. His productions don't necessarily receive rave reviews or sellout crowds at first, but they mellow like fine wine — and now are considered standards for theater companies worldwide.
Tickets for this event start at $35.
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If You Go
What: Audra McDonald
When: 8 p.m. Oct. 15
What: Stephen Sondheim: In Conversation
When: 8 p.m. Oct. 29
Where: Both the McDonald and Sondheim events will take place in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa