(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company announces participating performers for the Master Storyteller Award ceremony and concert on Monday, June 1, 2015. Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim will be present to accept the award at a ticketed ceremony and concert, which is a fundraising benefit for the Arden’s extensive educational and outreach programs.

Held in the Arden’s F. Otto Haas Stage at 40 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, guests will be treated to a concert that features the work and music of Mr. Sondheim, performed by artists who have appeared in previous Arden Sondheim productions, and accompanied by a 12-piece orchestra. Performers include:

Tony Braithwaite Pseudolous A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 2006
Billy Bustamante   Pacific Overtures 2003
Rich Ceraulo   Pacific Overtures 2003
Jen Childs Amy Company 1997
Jeff Coon John Wilkes Booth Assassins 2007
  George Sunday in the Park with George 2010
Ben Dibble Colonel Ricci Passion Opening May 21
  Count Carl Magnus A Little Night Music 2013
  Lee Harvey Oswald Assassins 2007
  Anthony Sweeney Todd 2005
Krissy Fraelich Dot Sunday in the Park with George 2010
Todd Horman The Beadle Sweeney Todd 2005
Alex Keiper Petra A Little Night Music 2013
Josh Lamon Toby Sweeney Todd 2005
Larry Lees Lieutenant Torasso Passion Opening May 21
Mary Martello Mrs. Lovett Sweeney Todd 2005
  Sara Jane Moore Assassins 2007
Ben Michael Giorgio Passion Opening May 21
Chris Mullen Leon Czolgosz Assassins 2007
  Fredrik A Little Night Music 2013
James Sugg Charles Guiteau Assassins 2007
  Pirelli Sweeney Todd 2005
Rob Tucker   Pacific Overtures 2003


Additional performers, who have frequently been seen at the Arden just not in Sondheim productions, include: Rachel Camp, Derrick Cobey, Caroline Dooner and Robi Hager. Performers will continue to be announced.

Tickets are on sale now for $250, and include the award ceremony, concert and post-show reception. Visit www.ardentheatre.org/support/masterstoryteller.html for details or call Genvieve Goldstein at 215.922.8900, ext. 49. Tickets will also be available through the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122.

The Arden Theatre Company’s productions of Stephen Sondheim’s works include: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (2006), A Little Night Music (1995 & 2013), Assassins (2008), Company (1997), Into the Woods (2000), Merrily We Roll Along (1998), Pacific Overtures (2003), Passion (May, 2015), Sunday in the Park with George (1994 & 2010), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1993 & 2005). In the fall of 2008, they produced the Royal National Theatre’s version of Candide, with additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for Road Show (2008, originally titled Bounce), Passion (1994), Assassins (1991), Into the Woods (1987), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), Pacific Overtures (1976), The Frogs (1974), A Little Night Music (1973), Follies (1971, revised in London 1987 and in New York 2001), Company (1970), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962); as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Do I Hear a Waltz (1965), and additional lyrics for Candide (1973).  Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), and Putting it Together (1992, 2000) are anthologies of his work.  For film he composed the scores for Stravinsky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (Academy Award, 1990).  He wrote the songs for television’s Evening Primrose (1966), co-authored the film The Last of Sheila (1973) and the play Getting Away with Murder (1966), and provided incidental music for the plays The Girls of Summer (1956), Invitation to a March (1961), and Twigs (1971).  He won Tony Awards® for Best Score of a Musical for Passion, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Little Night Music, Follies, (1971), and Company.  All of these shows won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, as did Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George, the latter also receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1985).  Mr. Sondheim is on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, having served as its president from 1973 to 1981, and in 1983 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990, he was appointed the first Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University, and in 1993 was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. He published two books: Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes and Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany. In 2014, Into the Woods was made into a major motion picture and was recognized with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture in a Musical or Comedy.

About the Arden Theatre Company

Founded in 1988, the Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. Five Mainstage and two Arden Children’s Theatre shows are produced each season. The Arden provides extensive arts education programs including Arden For All, a program in schools in the Greater Philadelphia area. In the fall of 2013, The Arden completed construction on the Hamilton Family Arts Center. Located a few doors down at 62 N. 2nd Street, it is the home to Arden Drama School and has six classrooms, a rehearsal hall, and an 80-seat Studio Theatre.