Stephen Sondheim

Sondheim {{circa|1976}} Stephen Joshua Sondheim (; born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist. One of the most important figures in 20th-century musical theater, Sondheim has been praised for having “reinvented the American musical" with shows that tackle "unexpected themes that range far beyond the [genre's] traditional subjects" with "music and lyrics of unprecedented complexity and sophistication." His shows have been acclaimed for addressing "darker, more harrowing elements of the human experience," with songs often tinged with "ambivalence" about various aspects of life.

His best-known works as composer and lyricist include ''A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'' (1962), ''Company'' (1970), ''Follies'' (1971), ''A Little Night Music'' (1973), ''Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'' (1979), ''Sunday in the Park with George'' (1984), and ''Into the Woods'' (1987). He is also known for writing the lyrics for ''West Side Story'' (1957) and ''Gypsy'' (1959).

His accolades include nine Tony Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Tony in 2008), an Academy Award, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award, and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2010, the former Henry Miller's Theater on Broadway was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre; in 2019, it was announced that the Queen's Theatre in the West End of London would be renamed after Sondheim at the end of the year. Sondheim has written film music, contributing "Goodbye for Now" for Warren Beatty's 1981 ''Reds''. He wrote five songs for 1990's ''Dick Tracy'', including "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)", sung in the film by Madonna, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Film adaptations of Sondheim's work include ''West Side Story'' (1961), ''''Gypsy'''' (1962), ''A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'' (1966), ''''A Little Night Music'''' (1977), ''Gypsy'' (1993), ''Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'' (2007), ''Into the Woods'' (2014), ''West Side Story'' (2021), and ''Merrily We Roll Along'' (TBA).

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