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St. George’s plucks rare Sondheim ‘Primrose’

Bergen to topline concert perf

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.

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