The A.V. Club’s favorite at-home performances of the year

With Broadway closed down indefinitely, my annual NYC trip and musical marathon of five shows in four days was canceled for 2020. Luckily, the industry decided to celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday in epic fashion. The most-publicized highlight of Take Me To he World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration was Meryl Streep, Audra McDonald, and Christine Baranski’s version of “Ladies Who Lunch” from Company, but that’s just one musical dream team from 140 minutes of performances. Be it Lea Salonga’s “Loving You” from Passion, Sutton Foster’s “There Won’t Be Trumpets” from Anyone Can Whistle, or Brian Stokes Mitchell’s “The Flag Song” from Assassins, there was something for everyone who considers themselves even a passing Sondheim fan. Best of all, the entire evening served to benefit ASTEP, Artists Striving to End Poverty. [Patrick Gomez]

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