Stephen Sondheim

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Stephen Joshua Sondheim (/ˈsɒnd.haɪm/; born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist known for his immense contributions to musical theatre for over 50 years. He is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer) including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Laurence Olivier Award. Described by Frank Rich of The New York Times as "now the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater", his most famous works include (as composer and lyricist) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods. He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy.

Sondheim has written material for movies, including the 1981 Warren Beatty film Reds, for which he contributed the song "Goodbye For Now". He also wrote five songs for the 1990 movie Dick Tracy, including "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" by Madonna which won the Academy Award for Best Song.

He was president of the Dramatists Guild from 1973 to 1981. In celebration of his 80th birthday, the former Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on September 15, 2010, and the BBC Proms staged a concert in his honor. Cameron Mackintosh has described Sondheim as "possibly the greatest lyricist ever."

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 Sondheim Sings, Volume 1: 1962-72 Stephen Sondheim 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 A Collector's Sondheim Compilation Stephen Sondheim 1
1997 Sondheim at the Movies: Songs From the Screen Compilation Stephen Sondheim 3 1
2008 The Story So Far... Compilation Stephen Sondheim 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 Simply Sondheim - A 75th Birthday Salute Live Stephen Sondheim 1
2012 By Side by Side by Side by Sondheim (The 23rd Annual S.T.A.G.E. Benefit Concert) Live Stephen Sondheim 1

Album + Live + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1986 Follies in Concert / Stavisky Live Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1990 Sondheim Evening: A Musical Tribute (1973 concert cast) Live Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 2
1993 A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1992 concert cast) Live Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1995 Anyone Can Whistle: Live at Carnegie Hall (1995 Broadway concert cast) Live Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1996 A Little Night Music (1996 Royal National Theatre cast) Live Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1997 Sondheim: A Celebration Live Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
2000 Sweeney Todd: Live in Concert (2000 New York concert cast) Live Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
2002 Sweeney Todd in Concert (2001 San Francisco concert cast) Live Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1970 Company (1970 original Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 5
1971 Follies (1971 original Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 3
1973 A Little Night Music (1973 original Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 5
1975 A Little Night Music (1975 original London cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 2
1978 A Little Night Music (1977 film cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 2
1978 Side by Side by Sondheim (1978 Australian cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1983 A Stephen Sondheim Evening Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1984 Pacific Overtures (1976 original Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1984 Sunday in the Park With George (1984 original Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 2
1984 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979 original Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 4 4
1986 Merrily We Roll Along (1981 original Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 2
1987 Follies (1987 original London cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1988 Into the Woods (1987 original Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 2
1990 Marry Me a Little (1981 original off-Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1990 Side by Side by Sondheim (1976 original London cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1990 A Little Night Music (1990 UK studio cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1991 Into the Woods (1991 original London cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1991 Assassins (1990 original off-Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 2
1993 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962 original Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1993 Putting It Together (1993 original off-Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1993 Company: A Musical Comedy (1972 original London cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1994 Passion (1994 original Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1994 Merrily We Roll Along: The New Cast Recording (1994 off-Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1994 Merrily We Roll Along (1993 Leicester cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 2
1996 Company (1995 Broadway revival cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1996 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996 Broadway revival cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1996 Company (1996 London revival cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 2
1998 Follies: The Complete Recording (1998 New Jersey cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
1998 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966 film cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim, Ken Thorne 2
2000 Saturday Night (2000 original off-Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
2001 The Frogs / Evening Primrose (2001 studio cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
2002 Into the Woods (2002 Broadway revival cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
2003 Anyone Can Whistle (1964 original Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 2
2004 Bounce (2003 Chicago cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1
2004 Assassins (2004 Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 2
2005 The Frogs (2004 Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Sondheim 1

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