Is this the biggest miss of my theatre-going career? I think so. Last night while I was diddling about in fucking Kent, the Royal Albert Hall hosted a special prom to celebrate the 80th birthday of the one and only Stephen Sondheim. Packed to the rafters, starring a veritable galaxy of stars - Bryn Terfel, Judi Dench, Simon Russell Beale, Daniel Evans, Julian Ovenden - and at the very end, an appearance by the Master himself.
Just watching the footage now made me weep, everyone in the hall on their feet... I'm sure that if I'd known, if I'd bothered to find out, I could have queued up and got myself a ticket for the show fairly easily. I've queued all night thrice before and I couldn't have managed this? But I didn't know, I didn't bother, instead I was fucking about in Kent and now I've missed what I imagine will have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Feeling pretty guilty, pretty gutted about this.
Anyhow, happy birthday maestro! Wish you could live for 80 more! Here's Judi Dench singing THE song from A Little Night Music. Sondheim himself said when he saw her sing Send In The Clowns in 1995 - "it's yours now".