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Legendary US stage icon Stephen Sondheim passes away

The theatre icon passes away at 91 years, with many awards, rewards, and a legacy to be proud of.

  • Tributes pour in after the demise of songwriter Stephen Sondheim.
  • Stephen Sondheim’s illustrious career saw him win Grammy awards, an Oscar award, Tony Awards, and even a Pulitzer Award.
  • Stephen Sondheim penned lyrics for Broadway’s West Side Story, which ran for over 700 performances.
Elizabeth Taylor and Stephen Sondheim. File photo
Stephen Sondheim’s body of work made him win numerous Lifetime Achievement Awards for his contribution to the stage in America.

At 91 years of age, legendary US composer and songwriter Stephen Sondheim has left for the heavenly abode.

His legal professional advised the New York Times that Sondheim died on Friday at his domestic in Roxbury, Connecticut.

He become a titan of musical theatre who grew to become the unlikeliest of topics into entertainment landmarks.

He was behind the best of Broadway’s plays, consisting of Company, Follies, and A Little Night Music. Sondheim additionally wrote the lyrics for West Side Story.

The New-York born composer received 8 Grammy awards, 9 Tony awards – consisting of the unique Lifetime Achievement withinside the Theatre – and one Academy Award. He additionally obtained a Pulitzer Prize.

His ballad Send withinside the Clowns – from the 1973 musical A Little Night Music – has been recorded loads of times, consisting of Frank Sinatra and Judy Collins.

In 2015, US President Barack Obama bestowed Sondheim the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the best civilian award – for his work.

Sondheim’s legal professional stated the composer had celebrated Thanksgiving with buddies an afternoon earlier than his loss of life.

Tributes have commenced pouring to one of the musical theatre’s maximum respected composers.
US actress and singer Anna Kendrick stated that appearing in Sondheim’s work has been most of the best privileges of her career adding that the composer’s loss of life become “a devastating loss”.

Journalist Fae O’Toole published on Twitter a letter she obtained from Sondheim in 2011 while she become a theatre-mad 16-year-old.

Sondheim’s large break rather got here via an invite to pen lyrics for West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein’s modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

West Side Story opened on Broadway in 1957 and ran for greater than seven hundred performances. A 1961 movie model received 10 Oscars.

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