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Everybody Rise: Signature Theatre Celebrates Stephen Sondheim
If you cue up just one D.C. theater stream this year, it should probably be this one: Everybody Rise: Signature Theatre Celebrates Stephen Sondheim, which streams for free from Jan. 14 to 17. The concert, filmed at Signature Theatre in December before an invited audience, features local actors performing 16 songs from 12 different musicals (and one movie) created by the great composer and lyricist. Sondheim died on Nov. 26 at age 91. His oeuvre has been crucial to Signature’s success, starting with an acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd in 1991, which went on to win four Helen Hayes Awards. In the decades since, Signature has grown into a two-theater complex known nationally for its new musicals, reimagined revivals, and, of course, quality stagings of Sondheim shows. Not only does Everybody Rise reunite performers who collaborated on past Signature musicals, it’s a post-vaxxed reunion for many of D.C.’s finest singers. Highlights include Natascia Diaz reprising the role of West Side Story’s Anita, Tracy Lynn Olivera taking on the lightning quick “Getting Married Today” from Company, Awa Sal Secka performing “Broadway Baby,” and Nova Y. Payton gently admonishing, “Children Will Listen” from Into the Woods. Everybody Rise: Signature Theatre Celebrates Stephen Sondheim streams on Signature Theatre’s YouTube page from 5 p.m. Jan. 14 to 5 p.m. Jan. 17. sigtheatre.org. Free.