Broadway theater legend Stephen Sondheim died at 91 .At the age of 91, Broadway lyricist Stephen Sondheim has passed away early Friday at his home in Roxbury, According to Aaron Meier of DKC O&M, the producers of Company on Broadway, he died this morning.
Broadway theater legend Stephen Sondheim died at 91
Richard Pappas, Sondheim’s lawyer, confirmed the composer’s death and said it was unexpected. he said that The day before, Mr. Sondheim had dinner with friends in Roxbury to celebrate Thanksgiving and in the afternoon and evening, he saw Dana H and Is This a Room, which was exactly what he liked to do.
Sondheim, the man behind the lyrics and music for “West Side Story,” was widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in American theater in the previous half-century.
He won eight Tony Awards, more than any other composer, and he and James Lapine shared the 1985 Pulitzer Prize in drama for “Sunday in the Park With George.”
“Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Company,” “Follies,” “Into the Woods,” and “Merrily We Roll Along” are just a few of his most notable works.
Some of Sondheim’s other significant musical works (1990) include A Little Night Music (1973), Pacific Overtures (1976), and Assassins (1989).
The Seven Percent Solution (1976) and “Dick Tracy” (1976) were among the films for which he wrote music, and his impact could be seen in Hollywood as well. His “Sooner or Later,” performed by Madonna, won the Academy Award for Best Song.
On Twitter, Marianne Elliott, who is directing a Broadway revival of “Company” in 2021, referred to Sondheim as “the Shakespeare of musical theater.”
The beginning of his brilliant career :
Sondheim got his start when he wrote the lyrics to Leonard Bernstein’s music for “West Side Story,” and it was the start of his brilliant career as a lyricist and composer.
Sondheim’s whole works express his insatiable curiosity about human nature, as seen by their beautifully created soundtracks. This appeared obviously in “Sweeney Todd”, “Into the Woods” and “Sunday in the Park with George”.
Over the course of a career spanning more than six decades, Sondheim’s work garnered both praise and criticism. The former New York Times drama critic wrote, “Perhaps no one more than Sondheim contributed to just keeping the form alive of what had been the classic Broadway musical. He reinvented it, “Rich says. “He kept it fresh, interesting, figuring out new ways to, you know, muck around with it for each show.”
Sondheim was renowned for his meticulousness, and he even released two books detailing his writing process and his lyrics. In 2010, he told WHYY’s Fresh Air that before he created a bar of music or came up with a rhyme, he needed to examine the show’s plot.I always write after the librettist has started to write a scene or two, so that I can divine and imitate the style the writer is using.
It was at this time period in the 1980’s that Sondheim first began working with James Lapine at not-for-profit theaters.
Sondheim told Fresh Air that “Sunday in the Park with George” was his first not-for-profit production because of Lapine. He also said that, comparing it to performing on Broadway, it was a dream come true. For one thing, there wasn’t a lot of pressure, and it was simply a lot of joy to do. Just for the joy of it. That’s how theater should be done.
The rise of Sondheim from cult hero to cultural icon was a slow process, like that of many other artists who have come to be recognized as masterpieces. For him, writing meant having an impression, and he was constantly conscious of that.
“I’m interested in the theater because I’m interested in communication with audiences, Sondheim said. “Otherwise, I would be in concert music. I’d be in another kind of profession. I love the theater as much as music, and the whole idea of getting across to an audience and making them laugh, making them cry, just making them feel is paramount to me. “
His legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of everyone who saw him perform.