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In Memoriam: Stephen Sondheim, Composer and Lyricist at 91

Michael S. Eddy • NewsStage DirectionsTheater News • November 26, 2021

Stephen Sondheim


It is with great sadness that Stage Directions has learned of the death of legendary theatrical composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim at the age of 91. Among his many credits includes shows such as Assassins, CompanySweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park With George, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Into the Woods. Sondheim, who had not been ill,  had just celebrated Thanksgiving with friends at his home in Roxbury, CT. Sondheim was born March 22, 1930, in New York City.

His many honors include nine Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar, and eight Grammy Awards. Also, the Henry Miller Theater in New York City was renamed for him in 2010.

You can learn more about Sondheim and his musical legacy in this obituary from the New York Times.

In 2020, Patti LuPone, star of the Broadway revival of Company, spoke with musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim for CBS Sunday Morning, to discuss his craft, his favorite character, and his college acting career. With the passing of Sondheim on Friday, November 26 at age 91, we offer their conversation – and her appreciation of Sondheim’s artistry. Here is that interview: