Stephen Sondheim

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Sondheim c. 1970

Steven Joshua Sondheim (born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist (he writes the words for songs).

Early and personal life[change | change source]

Sondheim was born into a Jewish[1] family in New York City and grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and later near Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He is openly gay.[2]

Career[change | change source]

He wrote the words for songs in Gypsy and West Side Story. Of American composers still living, he has won the most awards. He has:

Sondheim writes both the music and the words to his musicals.

Many critics like his work, but some people do not like it. Sweeney Todd is very different from the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Some of Sondheim's musicals[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. J is for Jewish dramatists
  2. Another opening, another show

Other websites[change | change source]