Stephen Sondheim Dies: Broadway Songwriting Titan For ‘Sweeney Todd’ And ‘A Little Night Music’ Was 91

Stephen Sondheim Dies: Broadway Songwriting Titan For Sweeney Todd’ And ‘A Little Night Music’ Was 91

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11/27/2021 1:16:00 AM

Stephen Sondheim Dies: Broadway Songwriting Titan For Sweeney Todd’ And ‘A Little Night Music’ Was 91

Stephen Sondheim , one of the giants of Broadway songwriting, died early Friday at his home in Roxbury, Conn. He was 91. Attorney F. Richard Pappas, announced the death, which he described as sudden…

songwriting, died early Friday at his home in Roxbury, Conn. He was 91.Attorney F. Richard Pappas, announced the death, which he described as sudden. Sondheim celebrated Thanksgiving with friends just a day ago, Pappas said.Sondheim’s catalog includes such works as “Company” (1970), “Follies” (1971), “A Little Night Music” (1973), “Pacific Overtures” (1976), “Sweeney Todd” (1979), “Merrily We Roll Along” (1981), “Sunday in the Park With George” (1984) and “Into the Woods” (1987).

Among his most memorable songs was “Send In the Clowns,” from “Night Music.”He dominated Broadway and was considered the greatest composer-lyricist of the last half of the 20th century by many. He was one of the few major theater composers who handled words and music, including such legends as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Frank Loesser.

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim poses in Jan. 1976 at an unknown location. (AP Photo)His successes as a lyricist were as impressive as his songwriting. He wrote the lyrics for “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” in the late 1950s.Sondheim wrote his first words and lyrics combo to the 1962 farcical 1962 comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” which won a Tony Award for best musical and ran for more than two years. headtopics.com

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Overall, he wrote music and the lyrics for a dozen Broadway shows, a list which doesn’t incude revues like “Side by Side by Sondheim,” “Putting It Together,” and the autobiographical “Sondheim on Sondheim.” Five of them won Tony Awards for best musical, and six won for best original score.

His “Sunday in the Park” took the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for drama.Sondheim’s show revivals were also successful. Three won Tonys, including “Assassins” in 2004, which started in Off Broadway.Later, Sondheim received a 1993 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement, and in 2015 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. In 2008, he was granted a Tony Award for lifetime achievement, topped by the 2010 renaming of the Henry Miller Theater in his honor.

Sondheim also wrote music for films, including the score for “Stavisky,” a 1974 movie about a French financier and embezzler. His song “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)” for Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy” won an Academy Award in 1991. Six cast albums from his shows won Grammy Awards, and “Send In the Clowns” won the Grammy for song of the year in 1975.

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Survivors include his husband, Jeffrey Romley, and a half brother, Walter Sondheim.

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Not to mention west side story!! Come on guys!! God bless him and his family!! Always remember and is in Gods hands!!🙏😥😢❤️ Rest In Peace mr. Sondheim 💔 R.I.P. 🙏😔 😢 Sondheim wrote the lyrics for West Side Story amongst others, but that is my favourite of his along with Sweeney Todd May his memory be a blessing

AmericanCousin1 I saw him with Stephen Colbert a few weeks ago. Class act. A Broadway ICON, Legend that's music will live on forever. He was a One Of A Kind. Just like the late JAKE BURTON was.

Sweeney Todd composer and Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim dies aged 91Known as one of the titans in the industry, Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and composed Sweeney Todd

Stephen Sondheim, legendary composer and lyricist behind ‘Sweeney Todd’ and other Broadway hits, dies at 91 Stephen Sondheim , a Broadway giant who has the most Tony Awards as a composer, died early Friday at his home, a spokesperson for Sondheim's productions said. 😢😭 All living things shall taste Death! Are you Next? Safe home. You deserve a rest.

Stephen Sondheim, Composer of ‘Follies,’ ‘Sweeney Todd,’ Dies at 91 Stephen Sondheim , the dominant voice in American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century and the composer with the most Tony Awards, has died. He was 91. The Broadway icon died Frida…

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Stephen Sondheim, Legendary Broadway Songwriter, Dead at 91 Stephen Sondheim , the Broadway legend behind shows like 'Into the Woods,' 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Company' and more, died Friday at 91.

휴거의 날은 하나님의 자녀가 나타나는 날입니다 RevivalTidalWaves Rest in Peace... An another story will start above the sky uptonbell One of the great privileges of my freelance writing career was having my articles published in The Sondheim Review RIPStephenSondheim