- NAME: Stephen Sondheim
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Writer
- BIRTH DATE: March 22, 1930 (Age: 83)
- Did You Know?: American lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim has written musicals based on sources as varied as fairy tales, a painting by Georges Seurat, ancient Roman comedy and an Ingmar Bergman film.
- EDUCATION: George School, Williams College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Stephen Joshua Sondheim
- AKA: Stephen Sondheim
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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American lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim is known for the remarkable range of musicals he's worked on, from West Side Story to Sweeney Todd to Into the Woods.
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Sondheim became known for his witty, conversational lyrics, his seamless merging of words with music, and the variety of his source materials. Pacific Overtures (1976) was partially inspired by haiku poetry and Japanese Kabuki theater, and 1981's Merrily We Roll Along was adapted from a 1934 play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.
In the 1980s,
Sondheim collaborated several times with playwright/director James Lapine. Their Sunday in the Park with George, which opened in 1984, was inspired by the iconic painting "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat, and 1987's Into the Woods was a collage of plots from classic fairy tales.
Sondheim continued to combine various musical genres with sharp lyrical writing and unexpected subject matter in the 1990s, though some of his work of that decade received less critical and popular acclaim. Assassins (1990) told the tales of nine presidential assassins in American history; and Passion, a 1994 collaboration with James Lapine, was a melodramatic romance based on the Italian film Passione d'Amore.
Sondheim's work has been the subject of several revues, including Side by Side by Sondheim in 1976, Putting It Together in 1992 and Sondheim on Sondheim in 2010.
Sondheim lives in New York City.
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