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Stephen Joshua Sondheim (1930 - 2021)

Stephen Joshua Sondheim
Born in New York City, New York, USAmap
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Died in Roxbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, USAmap
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Biography

Legendary American composer and lyricist known for the musicals A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, and Sweeney Todd. Sondheim won seven Tony Awards plus a 2008 Special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theater; he was the composer with the most Tony Awards ever.

Awards

  • The composer won multiple Grammys for musical cast show album and won song of the year in 1975 for “Send in the Clowns.”
  • He received a Pulitzer Prize for “Sunday in the Park With George” in 1985.
  • Sondheim won seven Tony Awards plus a 2008 Special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theater; he was the composer with the most Tony Awards ever.
  • In 2011 he received a Special Award at the U.K.’s Olivier Awards in recognition of his contribution to London theater.
  • In October 2015, Stephen Sondheim was given the Carl Sandburg Literary Award by the Chicago Public Library Foundation.[1]
  • In November 2015, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.[2]

Personal Life

Stephen Joshua Sondheim was born 22 March 1930 in New York City, the son of Herbert Sondheim and Janet Fox. His father was the owner of a well-known dressmaking firm. His mother was a clothing designer for the same firm. His parents separated when Stephen was ten years old, and after that he lived with his mother. His mother later purchased a home next door to the lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, who became Stephen's surrogate father and mentor.[3]

He received his pre-college training at George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania. He graduated Williams College Class of 1950 with a major in music. He was the recipient of the Hutchison Prize to study music composition, which he completed with Milton Babbitt, associate professor at Princeton. [4]

Stephen was gay. He did not "come out" until the age of 40. In the 1990s, he had a relationship with the dramatist Peter Jones.[5] In 2017, Stephen married Jeffrey Scott Romley. The couple lived in Manhattan and Roxbury, Connecticut.[6][7]

Stephen died 26 November 2021 at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut at the age of 91. His obituary, which appeared in Variety, can be read here.[8]

Sources

  1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/89598925/stephen-sondheim-oct-2015/
  2. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/89599243/medal-of-freedom-2015/
  3. Weber, Bruce (November 26, 2021). "Stephen Sondheim, Titan of the American Musical, Is Dead at 91". The New York Times. Retrieved November 26, 2021.
  4. Stephen Sondheim's first-ever Playbill bio, as lyricist for West Side Story Playbill.
  5. Brown, Mick (September 27, 2010). "Still cutting it at 80: Stephen Sondheim interview". The Telegraph (UK). Archived from the original on April 22, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2013. "Sondheim has spoken in the past of feeling like an outsider – 'somebody who people want to both kiss and kill' – from quite early on in his life. He spent some 25 years – from his thirties through his fifties – in analysis, did not come out as gay until he was about 40, and did not live with a partner, a dramatist named Peter Jones, until he was 61. They separated in 1999. ..."
  6. Weber, Bruce (November 26, 2021). "Stephen Sondheim, Titan of the American Musical, Is Dead at 91". The New York Times. Retrieved November 26, 2021.
  7. Who Is Stephen Sondheim's Husband, Jeff Romley? HITC online.
  8. VARIETY: Stephen Sondheim, Composer of ‘Follies,’ ‘Sweeney Todd,’ Dies at 91

See also:

  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X42G-H15 : accessed 27 November 2021), Stephen J Sondheim in household of Herbert Sondheim, Manhattan (Districts 0501-0750), New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 572, sheet 17B, line 82, family 276, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1567; FHL microfilm 2,341,302.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQS6-GJD : 19 November 2019), Steven Sondheim in household of Janet Sondheim, Assembly District 7, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-571, sheet 4B, line 67, family 70, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2636.
  • https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/234338103/stephen-sondheim
  • Wikipedia : Stephen Sondheim
  • Wikidata: Item Q153579, en:Wikipedia help.gif


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