PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Sondheim’s Last Interview, conducted by Soledad O’Brien

Stephen Sondheim is an international landmark in the musical theater. Throughout his nearly six-decade career, the man who picked words and music, that inspired millions of people to sing and dance, was ready to tackle just about any challenge. He started off as an actual entrepreneur, founding Songwriter’s Workshop; he was a Broadway architect, writing new shows for the Great White Way and then writing for the greats like, at one point, including Hello, Dolly!

He has won Tony awards, two Grammys, the Pulitzer Prize, have innumerable American Theater Critics Associations’ awards and the Philadelphia Musical Theatre Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

For his final interview, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien spoke with Sondheim, who spoke out about songwriting, songwriting on Broadway, Elaine Stritch, his eulogy to Julie Andrews, which took almost 50 years to write, and the night he met with the lead singer of West Side Story.

To see the full interview, visit CNN Arts’ website. You can also watch it in the video player above or through CNN’s mobile apps.

To watch some of Sondheim’s interview with CNN’s Bess Kalb:

-Interview with Ewan McGregor, star of “Frozen” and “Mary Poppins Returns”

-Talk to Sondheim about dying from old age, his plans for his 90th birthday

-Interview with Natasha Richardson, daughter of Sondheim and S. Epatha Merkerson

About CNN Arts:

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