Cameron Mackintosh and First Night Records celebrate the life of the great Stephen Sondheim with the release of the spectacular cast recording Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends: A Celebration (Live at the Sondheim Theatre), which will be available as a 2-disc CD set and digital and streaming formats on Friday, December 8. The CD, which will be available in both the US and the UK, features a 16-page booklet with color photography and essays by Cameron Mackintosh and David Benedict. One of the most talked about theatrical events of last year, it took place at The Sondheim Theatre in London on May 3, 2022.  Featuring Broadway, West End and movie legends, the star-studded performance celebrated the life and works of one of the world's greatest composers and lyricists. The album, which features 41 songs, was produced  by  Lee  McCutcheon,  Stephen  Metcalfe,  and  Cameron  Mackintosh.  Pre-save  or  order Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at


Stephen  Sondheim's  Old  Friends  –   winner of the   “Best   Theatrical   Event” honour at the   2023 WhatsOnStage Awards – is currently running in London's West End at the Gielgud Theatre. The current cast  is  led  by  Broadway  Legends  Bernadette  Peters and  Lea  Salonga.  They  are  joined  by  Christine Allado, Clare Burt, Janie Dee, Damian Humbley, Bradley Jaden, Bonnie Langford, Gavin Lee, Jason Pennycooke, Joanna Riding, Jeremy Secomb, Jac Yarrow, Marley Fenton, and Beatrice Penny-Touré.  The  company  also  includes  Harry  Apps,  Bella  Brown,  Richard  Dempsey,  and Monique Young, completing a cast that is truly the best of the West End and Broadway. The engagement runs through January 6, 2024. Tickets are available at


Devised and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, the 2022 Gala was staged by Matthew Bourne and Maria Friedman. The one-night event sold out in hours, leaving thousands of disappointed fans unable to attend the evening so a live broadcast was arranged at the Prince Edward Theatre, down the road. The album features an array of sensational stars including Shan Ako, Christine Allado, Michael Ball, Rob Brydon, Ashley Campbell, Helena Bonham Carter, Anna-Jane Casey, Desmonda Cathabel, Petula Clark, Rosalie Craig, Janie Dee,  Judi  Dench,  Daniel  Evans,  Maria  Friedman,  Josefina  Gabrielle,  Louis  Gaunt,  Amy Griffiths, Haydn Gwynne, Rob Houchen, Holly-Anne Hull, Bradley Jaden, Bonnie Langford, Damian Lewis, Julia  McKenzie,  Ian McLarnon, Julian  Ovenden,  Bernadette  Peters,  Siân  Phillips,  Jon  Robyns,  Clive  Rowe, Jenna Russell, Jeremy Secomb, Jordan Shaw, Imelda Staunton, Charlie Stemp, Matthew White, Gary Wilmot, and Michael D. Xavier, students from Mountview, and The Royal Academy Musical Theatre Company.


Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is packed with many of the composer and lyricsist's legendary songs including “Send in the Clowns,” “I'm Still Here,” “Comedy Tonight,” “Company,” “Into the Woods,” “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd,” “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” “Side by Side by Side,” “Getting Married Today,” “Hello, Little Girl,” “Pretty Women,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,” “Losing My Mind,” “Sunday,” “Children Will Listen,” “Everything's Coming Up Roses,” “Being Alive,” “Old Friends,” “Not a Day Goes By,” “Broadway Baby” and many more.


Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends – Track Listing DISC ONE

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




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