Stephen Sondheim, beloved musical theatre composer and lyricist, passed away earlier today at the age of 91 at his home in Roxbury, Conn. His lawyer and friend, F. Richard Pappas, announced the death, which he described as sudden. The day before, Mr. Sondheim had celebrated Thanksgiving with a dinner with friends.
Sondheim composed and/or wrote lyrics for many of musical theatre’s most iconic shows, including West Side Story, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Company, and A Little Night Music, among many others. He left us a lifetime’s worth of incredible music.
Some links and reading:
- Vanity Fair has a very good In Memoriam you can read here.
- Sondheim’s final interview, with the New York Times five days before his passing, can be read here.
- A rare and emotional performance by Sondheim of “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George.
- Many videos of Sondheim and performances of his work are being shared in the comments.
Feel free to share your remembrances in this thread. Check in on your friends. And remember: No one is alone.