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Stephen Sondheim, 91

Postby Diahon » Sat Nov 27, 2021 4:10 am

It is with bitterness in my heart that I report that a giant of the form and the function has passed on.

Stephen Sondheim, the renowned composer of "Into the Woods," "Sweeney Todd," "Gypsy," "Sunday in the Park with George" and other essential works of musical theater, died early Friday morning, according to Aaron Meier at DKC O&M, the producers of Sondheim's current production "Company." He was 91.

Sondheim died suddenly, the New York Times reported, citing his lawyer and friend F. Richard Pappas. Sondheim had just celebrated Thanksgiving with a dinner and friends the day before, Pappas told the Times.

As lyricist, songwriter, conceptual artist and creative force, Sondheim was perhaps without par in the modern American theater. His works encompassed astonishing range: the updated "Romeo and Juliet" romance of "West Side Story" (for which he wrote the lyrics), the travails of a modern group of friends and lovers in "Company," even the woes of presidential murderers (and attempted murderers) in "Assassins."

Over the course of his career, he won an Oscar, a Pulitzer, eight Grammy Awards, eight Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Stephen Sondheim Theater in Manhattan's Theater District is named for him.

His song lyrics, in particular, were the gold standard of the theater art, whether defiant ("Rose's Turn"), sad ("Send in the Clowns"), ominous ("Children Will Listen") or simply clever ("Ah, but Underneath").

It has been said that one must not mourn the passing of the great, but look on fondly at the work they left behind, or something to that effect. But, truly, is it so selfish to wish that those greats simply live on and create?

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Postby USS Monitor » Sat Nov 27, 2021 4:22 am

RIP.
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Postby The Free Joy State » Sat Nov 27, 2021 4:37 am

He wrote some of the greatest musicals known to man. I doubt we'll ever see another Sondheim. May he rest in peace.

Tonight, I think I'll watch the Patty LuPone version of Sweeney Todd (and maybe the Imelda Staunton Gypsy), and think on what a genius the world has lost.
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Postby Voxija » Sat Nov 27, 2021 5:09 am

May his memory be a blessing.
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Postby San Lumen » Sat Nov 27, 2021 6:02 am

I posted this earlier but I digress. A true legend whose contribution to the industry will last decades if not generations.

A musical genius the likes of which we will not see again for a long time.
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Postby Ethel mermania » Sat Nov 27, 2021 7:59 am

Not a comedy tonite, but a tragedy.

He was a giant.


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