Stephen Sondheim died Friday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. The musical composer and songwriter has been nicknamed “Titan” and “Broadway Icon”. He was 91 years old.
According to the artist’s entourage, Stephen Sondheim was celebrating Thanksgiving the day before. The composer known as the “Broadway Icon” died suddenly on Friday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, at the age of 91.
Who was Stephen Sondheim?
“The legendary composer was widely recognized as the most innovative, influential and most important composer and songwriter in modern Broadway history,” emphasized the Broadway World website.
Sondheim was, inter alia, author of music and lyrics for such musicals as “Saturday Night” (1954), “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” (1962), “Anyone Can Whistle” (1964), “Follies” (1972), “A Little Night Music “(1973),” The Frogs “(1974),” Into The Woods “(1987),” Assassins “(1991) and” Road Show “(2008). He also wrote the lyrics for “West Side Story” (1957) with music by Leonard Bernstein, “Gypsy” (1959) by Jule Styne, “Do I Hear A Waltz?” (1965) Richard Rodger and “Moving On” with music by Billy Joel (2001).
Sondheim also wrote film music. Sondheim wrote, inter alia, music for “Stavisky” (1974) and was also one of the composers of the music for “Reds” (1981). He was also the author of music for theater plays, including “Invitation to a March” (1961) and “Twigs” (1971).
In 2010, the musical “Sondheim On Sondheim”, a musical revue of Sondheim’s music and lyrics, was developed and directed by James Lapine.
Winner of Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer
The New York Times reported that Sondheim’s music and lyrics had raised the artistic standards of the American musical to a higher level. “Broadway World” reminded that Sondheim’s music can be heard in cinemas in the new version of “West Side Story”, directed by Steven Spielberg. The film will hit theaters on December 10.
For his work, Sondheim has received an Oscar, eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer), eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by Barack Obama.
In 2010, he was named after the Broadway theater formerly known as the Henry Miller’s Theater.
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