Legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, broadly credited with revolutionising musical theatre, died on Friday on the age of 91, The New York Instances has reported.
Lawyer F Richard Pappas instructed the newspaper that Sondheim – famend for musicals together with West Facet Story and Sweeney Todd – died instantly at his house in Roxbury, Connecticut, the day after celebrating Thanksgiving with buddies.
“There aren’t any phrases. He had all of them. And the music. He was incomparable,” the UK-based Stephen Sondheim Society, which is devoted to selling and finding out his work, tweeted together with three coronary heart emojis, certainly one of them damaged.
“He was God to many people. We liked his work. And god he was good.”
Born on March 22, 1930, to an prosperous household in New York Metropolis, Sondheim was concerned in musical theatre from an early age.
He began enjoying piano at age seven and, after his mother and father divorced and he moved along with his mom to Pennsylvania, realized to put in writing musicals with neighbour Oscar Hammerstein II, who with companion Richard Rodgers wrote vastly common reveals together with The Sound of Music.
Sondheim’s acquired his first huge breakthrough on Broadway in 1957 with West Facet Story, which transplanted Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to working-class Manhattan.
‘We’re all blessed to have been alive concurrently this theatre legend… & to have acquired from him a present as valuable as his artwork’
— MusicalTheatreReview (@MusicalTheatreR) November 27, 2021
He left us with so many phrases, however none sufficient for this publish. Goodbye, previous pal. Thanks, Stephen Sondheim, for a lot brilliance within the theatre and sharing your music with us all. pic.twitter.com/Qe55GcDQeS
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) November 27, 2021
Later successes included Sweeney Todd, a couple of murderous barber in London whose victims are served as meat pies, which opened in 1979, and Into the Woods, which opened on Broadway in 1987 and used youngsters’s fairy tales to untangle grownup obsessions.
“I like the theatre as a lot as music, and the entire thought of getting throughout to an viewers and making them chuckle, making them cry – simply making them really feel – is paramount to me,” Sondheim stated in a 2013 interview with Nationwide Public Radio.
‘Singing your songs perpetually’
Sondheim received quite a few awards throughout his profession together with eight Grammy awards, and eight Tony awards, together with the particular honour of Lifetime Achievement within the Theatre. He additionally picked up one Academy Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and was nominated for a lot of extra Grammys and Tonys, in addition to two Golden Globes.
In 2015, then-US president Barack Obama offered Sondheim with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, for his life’s work.
A number of of Sondheim’s musicals have been changed into movies together with West Facet Story in 1961, which received an Oscar, and Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep, in 2007. A brand new model of West Facet Story, directed by Steven Spielberg, is because of be launched subsequent month.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created the smash-hit rap musical Hamilton and was mentored by Sondheim, has referred to as him musical theatre’s biggest lyricist.
Sondheim, who was homosexual, reportedly lived alone till his 60s, maintaining his sexuality beneath wraps. In 2017, he married his companion Jeffrey Romley, who survives him.
“Thank the Lord that Sondheim lived to be 91 years previous so he had the time to put in writing such great music and GREAT lyrics!” tweeted singer Barbra Streisand.
Actress and singer Lea Salonga, who was the primary Asian girl to win a Tony for originating the lead position of the musical Miss Saigon, thanked Sondheim for his “huge contributions to musical theatre”.
“We will be singing your songs perpetually. Oh, my coronary heart hurts,” she wrote on Twitter.