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Stephen Sondheim celebrates 85th birthday at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Posted 27th October 2015

Hey Old Friends! Stars help Stephen Sondheim celebrate his 85th birthday at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane was awash with outstanding performers on Sunday night – from Bonnie Langford and Anton du Beke to Michael Xavier and Millicent Martin – all of whom took to stage for a one-off and unforgettable show in celebration of the work of Stephen Sondheim.

Take a look at our review round-up of all the glamour of Sunday evening:

“If you’ve ever sat through some cringeworthy hosting of a special event, Hey, Old Friends! was something of a masterclass in how to host an event.”
Chris Omaweng –, 5 stars

 “As a one-off salute and running for a suitably extravagant three hours, Hey, Old Friends! took its title from Merrily We Rolled Along and – with a huge cast backed by a full orchestra and a bunch of very enthusiastic theatre school students – it rolled merrily through Sondheim’s enviable back catalogue.”
Simon Button – Attitude Magazine, 4 stars

“Only the grandest venue in town – the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, scene of the West End premiere of Sweeney Todd back in 1980 – would do and it was packed. 
Dominic Cavendish – The Telegraph, 4 stars

“Martin Milnes and Dominic Ferris (on the piano) … set themselves the challenge of referencing 33 Sondheim songs in five minutes. The result was brilliantly executed with Milnes’ incredible vocal range allowing him to step into the shoes of every Sondheim character in the book – male or female!
Lisa Martland – Musical Theatre Review, 4 stars

“This was a relaxed celebratory concert which showcased the tangible skill of many woman who have not been seen on West End theatres as much as they might be.”
Stephen Collins –, 4 stars

Photo credits: Darren Bell