Stephen Sondheim, the ‘voice of Broadway,’ dead at 91

Literary greats Tim Gunn and W.G. Sebald, as well as actors Elizabeth Olsen and Anna Kendrick, expressed their condolences, with Schwarz referring to Mr. Sondheim as “one of the most important American songwriters, and a true revolutionary of the theatre,” and Larson thanking him for “inspiring us.” Earlier this week, David Bowie’s friend and collaborator Lita Ford posted a series of photos with Mr. Sondheim and Bowie, to pay tribute to the composer’s “charisma, talent, and humor.”

Read more in The New York Times.

Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim has died, the New York Times reported. He was 91.

Mr. Sondheim was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his first Broadway musical, Company, and wrote several other critically acclaimed shows, including Pacific Overtures and A Little Night Music. While critics praised his work, the Catholic League attacked his musical Dreamgirls in 1996 for glorifying “radicalism, homosexuality, promiscuity and promiscuity in general.”

Mr. Sondheim wrote more than 30 plays as well as screenplays and in 2002 won a Tony for best song for West Side Story.

“His contribution to theatre is infinite,” said Jennifer Rubin, a conservative Washington Post writer. “And then there are the joys he brought people who loved the world, the human world, into.”

Read more in The New York Times.


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