Stephen Sondheim (1930–2021)

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He did his pre college training at George School, Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, then was in a class of 50 at Williams College majoring in music as an undergraduate distinguishing himself by writing a book, lyrics and music for two college shows based on the adaption of 'Beggar on Horseback'. He won the Hutchinson prize to study music ... See full bio »

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Dick Tracy Music Department
West Side Story Music Department
Great Performances Music Department


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  Follies (music and lyrics by) (pre-production)
  Merrily We Roll Along (music and lyrics) (filming)
 2022 Planet of the Astronauts (music)
 2021 West Side Story (lyrics by)
 2021 Stage-To-Screen (TV Series short) (written by - 1 episode)
- Moments in the Woods (2021) ... (written by)
 2020 Stars in the House (TV Series) (songs by - 1 episode)
- Sondheim Celebration (2020) ... (songs by)
  Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series) (music and lyrics by - 3 episodes, 1990 - 2014) (songwriter - 1 episode, 2019)
- American Songbook - Passion (2005) ... (music and lyrics by)
- New York City Opera: A Little Night Music (1990) ... (music and lyrics by)
 2019 41 Days - The Rehearsal Process for SweeneyTodd (Documentary) (music and lyrics by: Sweeney Todd)
 2017 Encore! Back to the Woods (TV Special) (music and lyrics by: "Into the Woods")
 2017 National Theatre Live: Follies (music and lyrics by)
 2017 Sondheim on Sondheim (Video) (songs by)
 2015 Gypsy: Live from the Savoy Theatre (TV Movie) (lyrics by)
 2014 Into the Woods (music and lyrics by) / (music consultant)
 2013 Opéra de Toulon's Follies (music and lyrics by)
 2013 Fifty Years on Stage (TV Movie) (music and lyrics by - segment "A Little Night Music")
 2013 Merrily We Roll Along (music and lyrics by)
 2011 Into the Woods Junior (Video) (music and lyrics by)
 2011 Company (music and lyrics by)
 2011 Into the Woods (music and lyrics by)
 2007 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (music and lyrics by)
 1986-2007 Great Performances (TV Series) (music and lyrics by - 2 episodes)
- Company: A Musical Comedy (2007) ... (music and lyrics by)
- Follies in Concert (1986) ... (music and lyrics by)
 2002 Tomorrow La Scala! (music by: "Sweeney Todd")
 2001 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert (TV Movie) (music and lyrics by)
 2000 Putting It Together (TV Movie) (music and lyrics by)
 1997 Selena: A Boy Like That (Music Video) (lyrics by)
 1996 Company (TV Movie) (music and lyrics by)
 1996 Passion (TV Movie) (music and lyrics by)
 1993 Gypsy (TV Movie) (lyrics by)
 1993 Positive Art (TV Movie documentary) (song)
 1991 Candide (TV Movie) (lyrics by)
 1991 An Evening of Sondheim (Video) (songs by)
 1986-1991 American Playhouse (TV Series) (music and lyrics by - 2 episodes)
- Into the Woods (1991) ... (music and lyrics by)
- Sunday in the Park with George (1986) ... (music and lyrics by)
 1990 Dick Tracy (original songs by)
 1988 Candide (TV Movie) (with additional lyrics by)
 1987 Side by Side by Sondheim (TV Special) (music and lyrics by)
 1987 Into the Woods (Video) (music and lyrics by)
 1985 Barbra Streisand: Somewhere (Music Video) (lyrics by)
 1982 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (TV Movie) (music and lyrics by)
  The Lively Arts (TV Series documentary) (words and music by - 1 episode, 1978) (music and lyrics by - 1 episode, 1977)
- A Little Light Music (1978) ... (words and music by)
- A Little Night Music (1977) ... (music and lyrics by)
 1977 A Little Night Music (music) / (music and lyrics by)
 1976 Pacific Overtures (TV Movie) (music and lyrics by)
 1970 Original Cast Album: Company (Documentary) (music and lyrics by: "Company")
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) (music and lyrics by - 1 episode)
- Evening Primrose (1966) ... (music and lyrics by)
 1966 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (music and lyrics by)
 1962 Gypsy (lyrics by)
 1961 West Side Story (lyrics by)
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He was musical composer and lyricist for Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove's book of a musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Mark Waldrop was director. Vince Pesce was choreographer. See more »

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5' 8" (1.73 m)


Jeffrey Romley  (his death)

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[asked why he went into musical theater] It was very simple. When I was 11 years old, I met Oscar Hammerstein and he became a surrogate father and I just wanted to do what he did. And he was a songwriter for the theater, so I became a songwriter for the theater. If he was a geologist, I'd've become a geologist. See more »


Provides the voice of Rose's father on the original cast album to Gypsy (1962) in the song, Some People. He practically snarls the line "You ain't getting eighty-eight cents from me, Rose!" Sondheim claims this is because he was incredibly frustrated with Ethel Merman, who refused to read the line "...and you can go to hell!". See more »

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