HOLLYWOOD — Stephen Sondheim turned 75 last March, but the celebration continued Friday at the Hollywood Bowl, where the composer was serenaded by a sellout crowd of 17,000, including Barbra Streisand and Warren Beatty.
“I knew I could get Warren to sing in public some day,” Sondheim told the crowd.
Angela Lansbury, who kicked off the concert, said, “Stephen Sondheim’s birthday is being celebrated many times this year. What can we give him?”
ASCAP chair Marilyn Bergman seemed to answer that question when she introduced Children Will Listen, a charity the org founded in his name.
Sondheim said: “What you’ve seen today is the past and the present. What this program is about is the promise of the future.”
At a rooftop reception following the concert, Beatty gave his verdict for the evening: “Flawless.”
“I have a problem with Stephen Sondheim’s songs,” he added. “About six bars in, I weep in a Pavlovian way.”