This just in-- award winning actresses Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, and Audra McDonald broke the Internet late last night and continued to trend on Twitter through today. Why, you might ask? Well, they sung Stephen Sondheim’s “Ladies Who Lunch” on Zoom and basically summed up the entire mood of 2020.
Last night, musical theater stars came together for a special to celebrate beloved composer Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday. Titled "Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration," the event featured performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in Broadway including Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Aaron Tveit, and more. Don’t get us wrong, the other stars were fantastic. But the act that garnered the most attention and, quite frankly, stole the show was that of these three stars essentially just having the most iconic girls night of all time.
The trio sang “Ladies Who Lunch” from Sondheim's classic musical, Company. Call it what you will: a tribute to a great composer, a Tony Award Winning performance or a Mama Mia Reunion featuring Broadway legend Audra McDonald (because, why not?), it doesn’t matter. What matters is that Streep sassily making herself a martini, Baranski sipping on some red wine, and Mcdonald struggling to get a bottle of Vodka open on Zoom is just about everything we didn’t know we needed.
Needless to say, folks on Twitter completely and utterly lost their minds:
when we begin to print history textbooks including COVID-19 please leave a spot for a screenshot of meryl streep, christine baranski and audra mcdonald singing ladies who lunch over a fucking ZOOM video call— sheeva (@sheevasmells) April 27, 2020
We're living in a world where a single zoom call between Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald is easily the top contender for Best Revival of a Musical at the 2020 Tony Awards— JOY ? (@oharasemmy) April 27, 2020
Good morning world!— Carmen Phillips (@carmencitaloves) April 27, 2020
If knowing that Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep, and Andrea McDonald sang “Ladies Who Lunch” together while in their bathrobes isn’t enough to IMMEDIATELY make you stop scrolling and watch this video, I don’t know what to tell you. pic.twitter.com/wMZBxekkNt
me pressing play on the version of ladies who lunch every day for the rest of my life pic.twitter.com/fPTQQoKJtP— emma (@_emvictoria) April 27, 2020
Hey, it’s the little things these days. And these three divas singing “Ladies Who Lunch” was just the sparkle of joy we needed to start this week. Now, can someone make a GIF of Meryl with her martini saying “I’m already drinking, dear” ? Thanks.
Image via New York Theater on YouTube
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Aliza is a Creative Writing BFA student and former BUST Magazine intern! When she's not writing, reading or scrolling through TikTok for hours on end, you can find her consuming copious amounts of iced coffee or doing something witchy. Follow her on Twitter @alizapelto.