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Curtain comes down on Stephen Sondheim, titan of musical theatre

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Published: 30 November 2021

Last updated: 4 March 2024

He scored his first big hit with West Side Story at 27, and over 60 years Sondheim revolutionised the art form’s status with moving and funny masterpieces

Stephen Sondheim: master craftsman who reinvented the musical dies aged 91 (Guardian)
Scoring his first big hit with West Side Story at 27, the US composer and lyricist raised the art form’s status with moving and funny masterpieces including Follies and Company

Perfectionist. Genius. Icon. That was Stephen Sondheim (Times of Israel)
The theatrical giant, who died Friday at 91, was as complex as his lyrics — a driven, obsessive purist, and his own worst critic

Stephen Sondheim: an unfathomable talent and a titan of human creativity
The composer and lyricist was matcheless in his invention and peerless in his field

One day in the house with Steve (Times of Israel)
Encounters with Stephen Sondheim led me to a deeper understanding of a titan of the theatre, the most humane of men, who dealt in contradictions rather than absolutes

Stephen Sondheim, Jewish theatre legend who reshaped the American musical, is dead at 91 (JTA)

This catchy ‘West Side Story’ Chanukah parody was filmed on location in New York (Jewish Chronicle)
The video is a voices-only compilation of and riff off some of the greatest hits from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim

Photo: Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim gestures during a gathering at Tufts University in Medford, Massachussetts, 2004 (AP/Charles Krupa)

The Jewish Independent acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and strive to honour their rich history of storytelling in our work and mission.

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