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Steven Joshua Sondheim (born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist

Early and personal life

Sondheim was born into a Jewish family in New York City and grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and later near Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He is openly gay.


He wrote the words for songs in Gypsy and West Side Story. Of American composers still living, he has won the most awards. He has:

Sondheim writes both the music and the words to his musicals.

Many critics like his work, but some people do not like it. Sweeney Todd is very different from the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Some of Sondheim's musicals

  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
  • Follies
  • A Little Night Music
  • Sunday in the Park with George
  • Into The Woods
  • Sweeney Todd

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