Broadway author and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who helped American melodic performance center advance past unadulterated amusement and arrive at new creative statures with so much fills in as “West Side Story,” “Into the Woods” and “Sweeney Todd,” passed on early Friday at 91 years old, his marketing specialist said.
Unbelievable Broadway musician Stephen Sondheim, generally credited with changing American melodic theater, kicked the bucket Friday at 91 years old. Sondheim – a lyricist and arranger known for works including West Side Story and Sweeney Todd – kicked the bucket abruptly in his Connecticut home the day subsequent to observing Thanksgiving with companions, his lawyer F. Richard Pappas said. The marketing specialist for the continuous Broadway creation of Sondheim’s melodic Company at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, Rick Miramontez, affirmed the news.
The Upper West Side local is known for his job in a portion of the Great White Way’s most popular shows, including West Side Story, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd. He’s gotten various honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Pulitzer Prize, eight Grammys and eight Tony Awards.
His demise was first affirmed by The New York Times, which announced that he was all the while dealing with and composing new material for Broadway.
The melodic extraordinary kicked the bucket at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, representative Kathryn Zuckerman told Reuters by email, saying she had minimal extra data. The news was accounted for before by the New York Times.
“We have lost the Shakespeare of melodic theater,” said Marianne Elliott, the head of “Organization,” in an assertion shared on the creation’s Twitter page.
Inside snapshots of the report, accolades started pouring in for the 91-year-old. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer tweeted that he “reconsidered the American melodic,” and entertainer Vanessa Williams said in an Instagram post that she was “fortunate, honored and respected” to work with him.
Sondheim’s eight Tony Awards for his verses and music outperformed the complete of some other writer. In 2008 he additionally won a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
He began early, learning the specialty of melodic theater when he was a youngster from his coach Oscar Hammerstein II, the unbelievable lyricist behind “The Sound of Music.”
Prior to the show, Elliott and the cast made that big appearance to join the crowd in an overwhelming applause for the musician. Outside the theater, one participant wrapped facing the cold of a New York November, Mike Morris, said: “It’s the conclusion of an important time period. This is an individual who reformed American melodic theater.”
“Hamilton” maker Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was thusly tutored by Sondheim, has called him melodic auditorium’s most noteworthy lyricist.
Clarifying what made the lyricist so great, chief Elliott told : “He never composed a note, he never composed a word, that didn’t mean something mentally.
“So the entirety of his importance is in the tune of the melody, just as in the verses of what they’re really singing. Also, that is the reason he resembles Shakespeare, since you can follow the cadence or you can hear it and you feel intuitively he’s educating you something concerning the person.”