Renowned composer Stephen Sondheim has died, aged 91

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Some of Sondheim’s major works include ‘West Side Story’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Into the Woods’.

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Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim – known for classics like story of the west, Sweeney Todd And in the woods – Has died at the age of 91.

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the new York Times It is reported that Sondheim died in the early hours of Friday (November 26) at his Roxbury, Connecticut home. His cause of death has yet to be released, although Sondheim’s lawyer and friend F. According to Richard Pappas, the famous musician and songwriter had shown no signs of illness. It is reported that while he attended Thanksgiving celebrations on Thursday (25 November), his subsequent death came as a shock.

Credited with rejuvenating musical theater from the mid to late 1950s, Sondheim’s first major work was 1954 Saturday night, He followed it up with the cultural milestone in 1957. story of the west, which is one of the most important works in Broadway history (and earlier this year saw its second film adaptation by Stephen Spielberg).

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Sondheim’s rise continued with back-to-back hits in gypsy (1959) and A funny thing happened on the way to the stage (1962), while later productions like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979) and in the woods (1987) cemented his legacy as a modern musical genius.

According to a website dedicated to Sondheim, his productions tended to “deal with unexpected themes that far exceed the traditional themes typically explored by American music”. Outside of Broadway, he wrote original works for such film and TV projects as: stawisky (1974), Dick Tracy (1990) and bird cage (1996), starred in the adaptation of PBS june moon, and gave a cameo in an episode of simpson,

Later in life, Sondheim became a mentor to many of the theatre’s current stars, working closely with the likes of Jonathan Larson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Personally, however, he was known for his introversion and reserved personality, once telling Frank Rich that “the feeling of an outsider—somebody who people want to both kiss and kill—had long ago [his] Life”.

Sondheim was gay, appearing in public in 1970 at the age of 40. She spent eight years with playwright Peter Jones in the ’90s, and married actor Jeff Romley on New Year’s Eve in 2017.

Tributes to Sondheim have flooded the social overnight. Among those sharing his honor are Hugh Jackman, Uzo Aduba, George Takei, Edgar Wright and Steven Colbert, as well as industry bodies such as the Tony Awards (of which Sondheim received nine), Criterion and Netflix.

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Take a look at some of the little-known tributes paid to Sondheim below:

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