Theater aficionados may know most of the works of songwriter Stephen Sondheim. But they probably don’t know “Evening Primrose.”
The hourlong 1966 telepic, penned by Sondheim with James Goldman, gets a starry first-ever stage performance Monday as part of the Anglo-American Cultural Awards from the St. George’s Society.
Candice Bergen, Sean Palmer, John Cunningham and Jessica Grove are among the cast of the reading helmed by director-designer Tony Walton, who’s getting an award that night (along with Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey). Staging will be held Oct. 25 at John Jay College’s Gerald Lynch Theater.
Storyline follows a poet who finds himself in the secret nocturnal world of a department store after hours.
Original telepic starred Anthony Perkins and Charmian Carr and aired on ABC.
Gala reps a rare chance to catch a little-seen tuner from the composer-lyricist.
“It’s pretty much an unknown Sondheim score,” Walton said.