Stephen Sondheim

Composer, Lyricist, Screenwriter
Stephen Sondheim is arguably the most important theatrical composer-lyricist in the latter half of the Twentieth Century. Building on the framework created by such early musical theater figures as Cole Porter and Irving ... Read more »
Born: 03/22/1930 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (69)

Crazy About Tiffany's 2016 (Movie)

("The Ladies Who Lunch") (Song)

Into the Woods 2014 (Movie)

Music And Lyrics/Music Consultant (Music)

The English Teacher 2013 (Movie)

(''Putting It Together'') (Song)

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

("Maria") (Song)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 (Movie)

("No Place Like London") (Lyrics)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 (Movie)

Music and Lyrics (Music)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 (Movie)

("Searching (Part 2)") (Score Recording)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 (Movie)

("Not While I'm Around") (Song)

Last Holiday 2006 (Movie)

("I Feel Pretty") (Song)

Connie and Carla 2004 (Movie)

("Let Me Entertain You") (Song)

Jersey Girl 2004 (Movie)

("Johanna") (Song)

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

("Send In The Clowns") (Song)

Anger Management 2003 (Movie)

("I Feel Pretty") (Song)

Camp 2003 (Movie)

(Song)

Analyze That 2002 (Movie)

("Jet Song") (Song)

Death to Smoochy 2002 (Movie)

("I Feel Pretty") (Song)

Putting It Together 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Music

Kitty Carlisle Hart: My Broadway Memories 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song

Drop Dead Gorgeous 1999 (Movie)

("Everything's Coming Up Roses") (Song)

Superstar 1999 (Movie)

("Everything's Coming Up Roses") (Song)

Michael Crawford in Concert 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Touched By an Angel 1953 - 1955, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Music

A Simple Wish 1997 (Movie)

("Everything's Coming Up Roses") (Song)

Afterglow 1997 (Movie)

("Somewhere") (Song)

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

("Everything's Coming Up Roses") (Song)

Passion 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Music

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Song

A Little Night Music 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Song

Defending Your Life 1991 (Movie)

lyrics("Something's Coming") (Theme Lyrics)

Into the Woods 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Song

Stavisky 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

songs("Rose's Turn" "Some People") (Song)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

songs("Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" "More" "What Can You Lose" "Live Alone and Like It" "Back in Business") (Song)

Judy Collins: From the Heart 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song

Julie and Carol: Together Again 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

("I'm Still Here") (Song)

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

The 1988 Miss America Pageant 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song

The Prince's Trust Gala 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Rhosyn a Rhith 1987 (Movie)

("Everything's Coming Up Roses") (Song)

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song

Sweeney Todd 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Song

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

("Gee Officer Krupke" (from West Side Story)) (Song)

Reds 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

("Everything's Coming Up Roses") (Song)

A Little Night Music 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

A Little Night Music 1976 (Movie)

lyrics("Love Takes Time" "The Glamorous Life" "Now" "Later" "Soon" "You Must Meet My Wife" "Every Day a Little Death" "A Weekend in the Country" "It Could Have Been Wonderful" "Send in the Clowns") (Theme Lyrics)

The Seven Per-Cent Solution 1975 (Movie)

("The Madame's Song") (Song)

Original Cast Album: Company 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Gypsy 1962 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

West Side Story 1961 (Movie)

from musical play("West Side Story") (Music)

West Side Story 1961 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Candide (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Company (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Company (Movie)

(Lyricist)

Follies in Concert (TV Show)

Song

Gypsy (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics
Actor (22)

Six by Sondheim 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Broadway: The Golden Age 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Camp 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Broadway Legends 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Popular Song: Soundtrack of the Century 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Changing Stages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dominick Dunne: Murder He Wrote 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstage/Lincoln Center (02/15/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bernstein at 70 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

June Moon (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (4)

Into the Woods 2014 (Movie)

(from musical: "Into the Woods") (Source Material)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 (Movie)

(from musical: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street") (Source Material)

Topper 1953 - 1955, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Writer

The Last of Sheila 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Stephen Sondheim is arguably the most important theatrical composer-lyricist in the latter half of the Twentieth Century. Building on the framework created by such early musical theater figures as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, he has been responsible for redefining stage musicals in the last three decades. Subjects that were not considered viable (i.e., the opening of Japan to the West, a Victorian murder-revenge story) have in Sondheim's hands become groundbreaking shows that have moved the American musical forward. While Broadway no longer reflects American popular music (in the way that Tin Pan Alley songs of the early half of this century did), Sondheim's shows occupy a special place. He has transcended cult status to challenge audiences' expectations and as Broadway has moved toward spectacle (notably the shows of Andrew Lloyd Webber), his shows have become more intimate.

Relationships

Alicia Babe

Step-Mother
Cuban-born raised Roman Catholic married Herbert Sondheim in 1943 died in 1980 at age 76

Peter Jones

Companion
Was a student of Sondheim's in the early 1990's no longer together

Edward Leshin

Step-Father
TV executive at CBS married Sondheim's mother in 1950 died c. 1960

Janet Long

Companion
High school sweetheart

Lee Remick

Companion
Dated in the 1960s

Mary Rodgers

Companion
Dated in the 1950s daughter of Richard Rodgers

Herbert Sondheim

Father
Jewish separated from Sondheim's mother in 1940 obtained Mexican divorce in 1941 married second wife Alicia Babe in 1943 obtained New York state divorce from Sondheim's mother in 1946 died of cancer in 1966

Etta Sondheim

Mother
Jewish born in 1897 spearated from Sondheim's father in 1940 divorced in 1946 later married TV executive Ed Leshin in 1950 until his death c. 1960 died in 1992

Herbert Sondheim

Half-Brother
Born in 1943 mother, Alicia Babe died of kidney failure in 1993

Walter Sondheim

Half-Brother
Born in 1946 mother, Alicia Babe

EDUCATION

Williams College

Williamstown , Massachusetts 1950
Graduated magna cum laude; member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity

Studied composition with composer Milton Babbitt on a Hutchinson Prize fellowship

George School

Bucks County , Pennsylvania
A private Quaker preparatory school

Milestones

2010

Earned two Grammy nominations for Best Musical Show Album as the lyricist for "A Little Night Music" and "Sondheim On Sondheim"

2008

Broadway revival of "Sunday in the Park with George"

2004

Tony award winning Broadway revival of Sondheim's "Assassins"

2002

Broadway revival of "Into the Woods"

2001

The Kennedy Center devoted entire season to works

2001

First Broadway revival of "Follies" produced under auspices of Roundabout Theater

2000

Off-Broadway premiere of "Saturday Night" at the Second Stage Theatre

1999

Revised version of Off-Broadway revue "Putting It Together" starring Carol Burnett opened in L.A.; production re-staged (with some cast changes) on Broadway

1999

Workshop version of "Wise Guys" staged; directed by Sam Mendes; never transfer to Broadway

1998

Yet another revised version of "Follies" staged at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey

1996

Wrote several songs for Mike Nichols' feature "The Bird Cage"; most songs not used in the final cut

1995

Made debut as playwright, co-authoring "Getting Away With Murder" with George Furth

1994

Third collaboration with James Lapine, "Passion"; based on Ettore Scola's 1981 film "Passione d'amore"

1992

Was subject of tribute, "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall"; filmed for TV and aired in 1993 on PBS

1992

Second stage revue of Sondheim work, "Putting It Together"; show marked the return to the stage of Julie Andrews

1990

Provided the song score for Warren Beatty's feature "Dick Tracy"; won Oscar for song "Sooner or Later"

1990

The controversial musical "Assassins" opened; main characters were all successful or would-be presidental assassins

1990

The City Opera production of "A Little Night Music" aired on PBS' "Live From Lincoln Center"

1990

Appointed first visiting professor of drama and musical theater at Oxford University

1987

A revised version of "Follies" opened in London's West End with Diana Rigg, Julia McKenzie and Daniel Massey

1987

Second collaboration with Lapine, "Into the Woods"

1986

"Sunday in the Park With George" broadcast on PBS with the original cast

1985

An all-star concert version of "Follies" was performed at Lincoln Center; filmed for broadcast on PBS

1984

First collaboration with James Lapine, "Sunday in the Park With George"; received Pulitzer Prize in Drama

1982

First TV adaption of one of his musicals, "Sweeney Todd"; aired on The Entertainment Channel; later rebroadcast on PBS

1981

Last collaboration to date with Prince, "Merrily We Roll Along"

1981

Contributed to the score of Warren Beatty's "Reds"

1981

Stage revue, "Marry Me a Little"; included songs cut from various productions; show assembled by Craig Lucas

1979

Wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical, "Sweeney Todd"; final collaboration with book writer Hugh Wheeler

1977

Wrote new songs for the Harold Prince directed film adaption of the Tony-winning musical, "A Little Night Music"

1976

Wrote song "I Never Do Anything Twice/The Madam's Song" for the Herbert Ross-directed film "The Seven Per Cent Solution"

1976

First stage revue based on his work, "Side by Side by Sondheim"

1974

Composed first original film score, "Stavisky"

1974

TV acting debut in a PBS' production of "June Moon"

1973

With Anthony Perkins, co-wrote first original screenplay, "The Last of Sheila"; directed by Herbert Ross

1972

Wrote the score for the cult musical "Follies"

1969

First collaboration with Harold Prince as director, "Company"; recording of the cast album was the subject of D. A. Pennebaker's documentary

1966

Composed and wrote lyrics for first TV score, "Evening Primrose"

1962

Wrote lyrics and music for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"; adapted into a film in 1966

1960

Contributed to the CBS special "The Fabulous 50s"

1959

Only original teleplay produced, "In an Early Winter"

1957

Wrote lyrics to Broadway show, "West Side Story"; adapted into a film in 1961

1956

First professional stage work, composed incidental music for "Girls of Summer"

1954

Wrote first musical score, "Saturday Night"; show was optioned for production, but the producer died before funding had been raised; project was shelved until a 1997 production at London's Bridewell Theatre; received a professional recording in 1998

1953

Wrote for the CBS TV series, "Topper"

1940

At age ten, moved with mother to Pennsylvania after parents' separation; neighbor Oscar Hammerstein II served as mentor

Wrote first amateur musical, "By George" while still in boarding school

Bonus Trivia

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In a 1998 biogrpahy by Meryle Secrest, Sondheim openly discussed his homosexuality.

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Sondheim received a 1996 National Medal of Freedom from the National Endowment for the Arts; he had declined the same honor in 1992 citing the climate of censorship and repression surrounding the NEA.

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There is a magazine, The Sondheim Review, devoted to the works of the composer-lyricist.

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There is an Internet website devoted to Sondheim at www.sondheim.com.

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