Stephen Sondheim, Master of Musical Theater, Dies at 91

The legend collected nine Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar and eight Grammys during his incomparable career.

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11/27/2021 2:16:00 AM

Stephen Sondheim , the composer and lyricist behind such classics as 'Company,' 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Into the Woods' and more, has passed away. The legend collected nine Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar and eight Grammys during his incomparable career

The legend collected nine Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar and eight Grammys during his incomparable career.

recalled nervously meeting Sondheim at his Manhattan townhouse after being cast as the Witch.Streep “asked if he wouldn’t mind autographing her sheet music. ‘I’d be pleased to,’ replied the great man, then scribbled something down and handed over the pages. His inscription to Streep read, ‘Don’t f— it up.’ ”

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Related Stories'Into the Woods': Stephen Sondheim, Original Stars Reunite for First Time in 27 YearsStephen Joshua Sondheimwas born March 22, 1930, in New York City. His father, Herbert, was a dress manufacturer, and his mother, Etta, a Parsons School of Design graduate who created the designs for the gowns. The family lived in a large apartment on Central Park West.

Regarding his parents’ marriage, which ended when Sondheim was 10, he said, “I think — this is my opinion — that it was a bargain. I think my mother was in love with my father, and he was not in love with her, but needed a designer.”At age 7, Sondheim was taking piano lessons. “My father would sit me at the piano bench and have me put my hand on his little finger, which played the melody over the top. At the end of each year, we would have to give recitals for all the little kids,” he says in Meryle Secrest’s 1998 book, headtopics.com

Stephen Sondheim: A Life.“I had a very fleet right hand, so one of the first pieces I would play was ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ by Rimsky-Korsakov. My father and mother used to take me out of bed at cocktail time if they had clients. They’d drag me out in my pajamas to play ‘Flight of the Bumblebee.’ ”

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After his parents’ divorce, Sondheim went to live with his mother on a farm in Pennsylvania. Their next-door neighbor was the legendary librettist and theater producer Hammerstein (

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Correction: 'He then worked with Bernstein as the lyricist on Gypsy (1959), starring Ethel Merman.' - uh, no, that was Jule Styne, not Bernstein. RIP RIP Stephen Sondheim. You will be missed. Rest In Peace Mr. Sondheim. The Shakespeare Of Musical Theatre! 💔 Could they have found a worse picture to use? Even a lesser man, and there are many, deserve better than this, come on Hollywood Reporter!

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Towering musical theater master Stephen Sondheim dies at 91 | AP NewsNEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Sondheim , the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to tackle unusual subjects, has died. so sad..😞 Thank you for everything you did for musical theatre 🎭🎼 What a loss. What a legacy. RIP Tributes quickly flooded social media as performers and writers alike saluted Stephen Sondheim. 'The theater has lost one of its greatest geniuses and the world has lost one of its greatest and most original writers,' producer Cameron Mackintosh wrote.

And his screenplay with Anthony Perkins, The Last of Sheila, remains the best whodunnit ever written, in my opinion. And his screenplay with Anthony Perkins, The Last of Sheila, remains the best whodunnit ever written, in my opinion. Unaccountably sad that there will be no more songs like 'Finishing the Hat' or 'Being Alive' or 'Johanna' or 'Send in the Clowns' or...

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Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim Is Dead at 91The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and lyricist was known for Broadway shows including ‘Company,’ “Sunday in the Park with George,’ ‘Follies,’ ‘Into the Woods,’ and ‘Sweeney Todd.’ I am so sorry

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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: Stars Pay Tribute to Legendary Broadway Composer Stephen Sondheim was hailed as one of the most influential and innovative voices in history of American musical theater by friends and fans following the composer’s death Friday at the age of… LOL 'thank the Lord'? Is Streisand a Christian now? 'They all deserve to die Even you, Even I For the lives of the wicked should b made brief For the rest of us death would be relief.' 😷

West Side Story Lyricist Stephen Sondheim Dead at 91 - E! Online Stephen Sondheim , an iconic musical theater lyricist and composer, reportedly died on Friday, Nov. 26 after celebrating Thanksgiving with friends. Stars paid tribute to the legend on social media. 🙏💛 😢 r.i.p Condolences to his family.. 91 is a true blessing.