Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends cast recording CD release

A cast recording of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends is to be released on CD and digital formats.

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends: A Celebration (Live at the Sondheim Theatre) will be released on Friday, 8 December. You can pre-order the CD online now here.

The recording, available in the US and the UK, encapsulates the essence of the theatrical event that took London by storm on 3 May, 2022. Held at The Sondheim Theatre, the gala was an electrifying celebration of Sondheim’s unparalleled contribution to the arts. Featuring a galaxy of stars from Broadway, the West End, and film, the event was a fitting homage to the legendary composer and lyricist.

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The album boasts an impressive collection of 41 songs, showcasing the breadth and depth of Sondheim’s work. Produced by Lee McCutcheon, Stephen Metcalfe, and Cameron Mackintosh, it includes a 16-page booklet adorned with colour photography and insightful essays by Mackintosh and David Benedict, offering a deeper glimpse into the life and legacy of Stephen Sondheim.

The original 2022 Gala, a brainchild of Cameron Mackintosh, was staged by Matthew Bourne and Maria Friedman. The album features a star-studded lineup including Michael Ball, Rob Brydon, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench, Damian Lewis, and Imelda Staunton, alongside students from prestigious arts schools.

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends continues to run in the West End this winter season for a limited engagement through to 6 January 2024.

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends – Track Listing

DISC ONE

  1. Opening – Side by Side – Ashley Campbell, Rosalie Craig, Daniel Evans, Josefina Gabrielle, Amy Griffiths, Bradley Jaden, Julia McKenzie, Jenna Russell
  2. Introduction – Cameron Mackintosh
  3. Comedy Tonight – Rob Brydon, Clive Rowe, Gary Wilmot, Full Company
  4. Company – Full Company
  5. The Little Things You Do Together – Haydn Gwynne, Rob Brydon
  6. You Could Drive a Person Crazy – Anna-Jane Casey, Janie Dee, Josefina Gabriel
  7. Live Alone and Like It – Clive Rowe
  8. Loving You – Michael Ball
  9. Getting Married Today – Anna-Jane Casey, Holly-Anne Hull, Jon Robyns, Full Company
  10. Into the Woods – Full Company
  11. Agony – Julian Ovenden, Michael D. Xavier
  12. I Know Things Now – Bernadette Peters
  13. Hello, Little Girl – Bernadette Peters
  14. Children Will Listen – Bernadette Peters
  15. A Weekend in the Country – Full Company
  16. Send In the Clowns – Judi Dench
  17. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd – Michael Ball, Full Company
  18. The Worst Pies in London – Michael Ball, Maria Friedma
  19. My Friends – Michael Ball
  20. Pretty Women – Michael Ball, Jeremy Secomb
  21. A Little Priest – Michael Ball, Jeremy Secomb
  22. The Ladies Who Lunch – Haydn Gwynne
  23. Sunday – Daniel Evans, Bernadette Peters, Full Company

DISC TWO

  1. Entr’acte – Overture from Merrily We Roll Along – Orchestra
  2. Tonight Quintet – Christine Allado, Shan Ako, Louis Gaunt, Rob Houchen, and Students from Mountview, The Royal Academy Musical Theatre Company3
  3. Broadway Baby – Helena Bonham Carter, Rosalie Craig, Maria Friedman, Bonnie Langford, Cameron Mackintosh, Julia McKenzie, Bernadette Peters, Jenna Russell, Gary Wilmot, Full Company
  4. Everybody Ought to Have a Maid – Rob Brydon, Julian Ovenden, Siân Phillips
  5. You Gotta Get a Gimmick – Anna-Jane Casey, Bonnie Langford, Bernadette Peters
  6. Waiting for the Girls Upstairs – Anna-Jane Casey, Bonnie Langford, Bernadette Peters
  7. I’m Still Here – Petula Clark
  8. Could I Leave You? – Michael Ball
  9. Buddy’s Blues – Gary Wilmot
  10. The Boy From… – Janie Dee
  11. Losing My Mind – Bernadette Peters
  12. Everything’s Coming Up Roses – Imelda Staunton
  13. Duelling Pianos
  14. Not a Day Goes By – Michael Ball, Rosalie Craig, Maria Friedman, Julia McKenzie, Bernadette Peters, Jenna Russell, Full Company
  15. Being Alive – Rosalie Craig, Bradley Jaden, Julian Ovenden, Jenna Russell, Jeremy Secomb, Full Company
  16. Old Friends – Full Company
  17. Our Time – Students from Mountview and The Royal Academy Musical Theatre Company
  18. Love Is in the Air – Stephen Sondheim
About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.