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LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: "CELEBRATING SONDHEIM"
December 31, 2019  | By David Bianculli

PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

 
SPECIAL: The traditional New Year’s Eve specials are available in the usual places, with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen on CNN, Ryan Seacrest on ABC, and whoever’s on NBC – probably Carson Daly. But the special I’d like to recommend for tonight is this Live from Lincoln Center offering, Celebrating Sondheim, which gathers singers and musicians to perform from the canon of Broadway’s best living composer. (And that praise is too faint. When he dies, Stephen Sondheim instantly will become Broadway’s best dead composer. He’s that good.) Among the special performers to watch, and hear, tonight: Katrina Lenk, who will star this spring in an imported version of the bold British production of Sondheim and George Furth’s Company. Under Marianne Elliott’s direction, this new Company takes the male lead, of perennially single 30-year-old Manhattanite Bobby, and reinvents him as her: perennially single 30-year-old Manhattanite Bobbie. It may be too much to hope that she sings that musical’s show-stopping climax, “Being Alive,” on this program… but if so, what a way to end the year. Check local listings.
 
 
 
 
 
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