Sunday was the day for online benefits it seems. In addition to GLAAD's Together In Pride event benefiting CenterLink, some of Broadway's biggest stars turned out for an online 90th birthday concert for composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. With names like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti LuPone, and Bernadette Peters, the buzzy show celebrated the musician among a few technical difficulties.
Sondheim's actual birthday was actually on March 22, but with the widespread social distancing policies and Broadway's closure, the original plans were scrapped. In their place came a broadcast of Meryl Streep, Audra McDonald, and Christine Baranski singing "The Ladies Who Lunch" and more titled Take Me to the World. For it, Neil Patrick Harris sang "The Witch's Rap" while Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt did a duet of "It Takes Two."
"He made me love theater, he made me love music, he made me love rhythm," Harris said in his segment.
Of the entire broadcast, Streep was certainly a mood, seemingly pouring herself a nice martini and taking swigs from a bottle of scotch.
The broadcast aired over YouTube with proceeds benefiting Artists Striving to End Poverty.
"The world is in a hard place, and we are all searching for something great," Raul Esparza, who hosted and produced the event, said in a statement. "Well, Stephen Sondheim is greatness personified. So, we’ve assembled a group of people who love Steve and have worked with Steve and have been inspired by Steve to sing his music and share some joy and some heartache together. We may be far from Broadway right now, but Broadway is never far from us. Besides, Stephen Sondheim turned 90. How many times do you get to be 90? 11? So come on, say it, get it over with, come on, quick…happy birthday."