Image of Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

1930-03-22 New York City, New York, USA

Image of Stephen Sondheim


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Stephen Joshua Sondheim (March 22, 1930 – November 26, 2021) was an American composer and lyricist. Among the most important figures in 20th-century musical theater, Sondheim was praised for having "reinvented the American musical" with shows that tackled "unexpected themes that range far beyond the [genre's] traditional subjects" with "music and lyrics of unprecedented complexity and sophistication". His shows addressed "darker, more harrowing elements of the human experience" with songs often tinged with "ambivalence" about various aspects of life. Sondheim started his theatre career by writing the lyrics for West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959) before becoming a composer and lyricist. Sondheim's best-known works 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), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), and Into the Woods (1987). Sondheim's accolades include eight 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. He has a theater named for him both on Broadway and in the West End of London. Sondheim wrote film music, contributing "Goodbye for Now" for Warren Beatty's Reds (1981). 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 (TBD).


Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Stephen Sondheim 2022-11-23
The Stories of West Side Story Self 2022-03-02
Keeping Company with Sondheim Self 2022-05-27
Something's Coming: West Side Story Self 2021-12-05
Cameron Mackintosh - The First 50 Years Self 2021-12-27
tick, tick... BOOM! Stephen Sondheim (voice on phone) (uncredited) 2021-11-11
On Broadway Self (archive footage) 2019-10-12
Harold Prince: The Director's Life 2018-11-23
West Side Stories: The Making of a Classic Self 2016-12-26
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... Himself 2016-10-09
Six by Sondheim Self / Joe 2013-12-09
A Place for Us - West Side Story's Legacy Self 2011-11-15
Sondheim! The Birthday Concert Himself/Honoree 2010-11-26
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Burton + Carter + Depp = Todd Self 2008-04-01
Witness to 'Reds' Self 2006-10-17
Camp Self 2003-09-05
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Self 2003-01-01
West Side Memories Self 2003-04-01
The Making of Sweeney Todd at the San Francisco Symphony Self 2002-05-01
Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh Self 1998-11-07
Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall Self 1992-06-10
Assassins: A Conversationpiece Self 1991-06-01
Into the Woods: A Conversationpiece Self 1990-05-15
Sunday in the Park with...Stephen 1990-03-20
Follies: In Concert Self- Composer 1986-03-14
Putting it Together: The Making of the Broadway Album Himself 1985-01-01
Sweeney Todd: Scenes from the Making of a Musical Self 1980-07-26
June Moon Maxie Schwartz 1974-01-30
The Last of Sheila Featurette Self 1973-01-01
Original Cast Album: Company Self 1970-10-28