Broadway songwriter Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

11:31, 27 November 2021
Broadway songwriter Stephen Sondheim dies at 91 Photo: twitter.com/FilmUpdates

The American composer, poet, and playwright, author of many Broadway musicals, Stephen Joshua Sondheim, died at the age of 91.

The composer died suddenly the next morning after Thanksgiving day at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: "Stephen Sondheim created fantastic worlds and characters, but at the heart of every story he told was a kid from New York City. And that kid was a legend. One of the brightest lights of Broadway is dark tonight. May he rest in peace."

Stephen Sondheim was born in 1930 in New York. He is one of the most revered theatrical composers and songwriters of the second half of the 20th century. Stephen Sondheim is the author of 20 original musicals staged on Broadway from 1954 to 2008, including Sweeney Todd, Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Into the Woods.

During his career, Sondheim has received eight Grammy Awards, nine Tony Awards (theater awards), as well as an Oscar and Pulitzer Prize. In 2015, President Barack Obama rewarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

In September 2010, the Henry Miller Theatre in New York was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.