Stephen Sondheim

Sondheim in c. 1976 Stephen Joshua Sondheim (; born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist known for more than a half-century of contributions to musical theatre. Sondheim has received an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer, including a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre), eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award, and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has been described by Frank Rich of ''The New York Times'' as "now the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater." His best-known works as composer and lyricist include ''A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'', ''Company'', ''Follies'', ''A Little Night Music'', ''Pacific Overtures'', ''Sweeney Todd'', ''Merrily We Roll Along'', ''Sunday in the Park with George'', ''Into the Woods'', ''Assassins'', and ''Passion''. He also wrote the lyrics for ''West Side Story'' and ''Gypsy''.

Sondheim has also written film music, contributing "Goodbye for Now" to Warren Beatty's 1981 ''Reds''. He wrote five songs for 1990's ''Dick Tracy'', including "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" by Madonna, which won the Academy Award for Best Song.

The composer was president of the Dramatists Guild from 1973 to 1981. To celebrate his 80th birthday, the former Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on September 15, 2010, and the BBC Proms held a concert in his honor. Cameron Mackintosh has called Sondheim "possibly the greatest lyricist ever."

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