More Sondheim in the park

This is going to be an all-weekend sort of thing, so you can move on now if you want to read about something else. But if you're there tonight, sit your ass down and keep your eyes peeled, because you just might catch a glimpse of genius. Sitting among you, drawing from the same air.

This just in, from the Sun-Times:

In Millennium Park, it will be wall-to-wall Sondheim, today through Sunday, with word that the composer himself is to be in the audience tonight for the first of the two centerpiece events -- concerts featuring a vast selection of his greatest hits performed by Liz Callaway, Danny Gurwin, George Hearn, Brian d'Arcy James, Judy Kaye and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, with backing from the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. The production (the same program will be performed both nights) will be directed by Gary Griffin and conducted by Kevin Stites -- both Chicago-bred talents who have prospered on Broadway. And through Sunday, a slew of other intriguing Sondheim "interpretations" -- all free -- will be presented throughout the park by Chicago-based artists in many disciplines.