New big-name stars are still being added to the bill for next week’s Sydney World AIDS Day concert, with Tony award-winning Broadway legend Lillias White and Packed To The Rafters star Hugh Sheridan the latest additions.

The pair will join some of Australia’s favorite entertainers from the worlds of musical theatre and cabaret in celebrating the music of legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim on Monday November 22 in the Verbuggen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Mitchell Butel, David Harris, Geraldine Turner, Lucy Durack and Queenie Van de Zandt are among the performers who’ll be backed by a 30-piece orchestra, alongside performance director Trevor Ashley and musical director Craig Renshaw, to deliver a selection of Sondheim’s timeless classics.

It’s been a difficult event to organise, what with Ashley currently based in Melbourne performing in Hairspray, and Renshaw serving as musical director for the Auckland season of The Rocky Horror Show.

ACON events co-ordinator David Wilkins said the music of Stephen Sondheim – whose best-known works include A Little Night Music, Follies, Company and Sweeney Todd – was a natural choice for Sydney’s World AIDS Day concert.

“I’m an old Sondheim fan. The cleverness of his lyrics, the dynamism of his music – it’s not just ‘show pap’, it screams quality,” he told the Star Observer.

“I do a lot of events here at ACON, but I’d say this concert is up there with my favourite gigs ever. It screams quality.”

This year’s concert follows the success of the two previous annual fundraisers. Wilkins said he hoped the community would again through their support behind the event.

“It’s pretty tough to sell tickets to anything in Sydney, particularly gay Sydney. I often feel people don’t see quality when it’s staring them in the face … but we want this to be a sell-out event.”

All performers and musicians are participating in the show for free, with all proceeds helping ACON provide essential health promotion services for people with HIV.

info: To booc your ticket visiti
www.acon.org.au/WADconcert or (02) 9206 2062

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