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Introduced in the innovative 1970 musical Company, Stephen Sondheim’s tobogganing tongue twister “Another Hundred People” became the anthem of the thousands of young women and men drawn to Manhattan each year by the promise of fame, fortune, and adventure. The song could have been written about Pamela Myers, who left Ohio with a degree from the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music hoping for a career in Broadway musical theater. In fact, it was written for her. Sondheim and director Hal Prince were so blown away by Myers’ audition that the composer added the show-stopping song to his score for her character, Marta. Since Company, Myers has played leading roles in nearly two dozen productions of classic musicals, including Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Dot in Sunday in the Park With George, and Mama Rose in Gypsy. This week she makes her Washington debut as a concert artist, accompanied by her musical director, pianist-composer-arranger Jeff Kennedy. Myers will perform songs from shows in which she’s appeared along with a selection of popular standards, plus she will recreate the audition that led to Company and a Tony Award nomination. Reportedly, at one point she will be reunited onstage with a Washington insider who sang duets with her in their undergraduate days. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Metro TeenAIDS, the only local organization wholly devoted to educating, supporting, and advocating for youth on HIV/AIDS issues. At 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $32-$37. (202) 295-2490. (Joel E. Siegel)