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Stephen Sondheim

American composer
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Net worth 2018: $20 Million
Industry: Musicians
Residence: New York City
Country: United States
BirthDay: 22 March 1930
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Education: George School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York Military Academy, Williams College,,

Stephen Sondheim was bornon 22 March 1930 in New York City, American, is American composer. Stephen Sondheim is arguably one of the best ever composers in the field of musical theatre and certainly the best of his generation. Young Stephen battled domestic instability and a tough relationship with his mother to emerge as a child prodigy, as he started learning piano at the age of seven and wrote his first musical when he was fifteen. His neighbour in Pennsylvania, Oscar Hammerstein II, was responsible for fostering in Sondheim an interest of writing for musicals and also taught him a lot on this subject. Soon after his graduation, Sondheim started auditioning his songs, but struggled to get anything substantial for a few years. He faced frustration as two of his Broadway musicals were cancelled, but eventually announced his arrival with ‘West Side Story’. Over next four decades, Sondheim staked his claim to being one of the very best by delivering numerous brilliant performances, both with his music and lyrics. He also forged extremely productive partnerships with Harold Prince, John Weidman and James Lapine. He wasn’t afraid to try the unconventional and his concept comedies achieved a lot of success. In his eighties now, Sondheim can proudly look back at his staggering body of work that has and continues to mesmerize audiences worldwide.


$20 Million


In 2013, Sondheim collaborated with Wynton Marsalis for a special show titled ‘A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair’


In 2010, many concerts were held in celebration of Sondheim’s 80th birthday


In 2003, after a nine-year hiatus, Sondheim returned to theatre with the musical ‘Bounce’ which chronicles the adventures of two brothers in the early 20th century


In 1984, after being impressed by the show ‘Twelve Dreams’, which he saw in 1981, Sondheim began another decade-long partnership with its director, ‘James Lapine’


‘Sweeney Todd’, a 1979 musical thriller with revenge as its central theme is considered one of Sondheim’s most complex compositions


In 1976, he forged another association with librettist John Weidman and worked on three musicals with him


The 1973 musical ‘A Little Night Music’, inspired by the film ‘Smiles of a Summer Night’ is considered among Sondheim’s best works, garnering much appreciation for both his music and lyrics


In 1970, Sondheim kick-started his association with Harold Prince, in style, with the concept musical ‘Company’


The ‘New York Philharmonic’, for which Sondheim was the conductor in the 1960s, organized a concert titled ‘Sondheim: The Birthday Concert’


In 1956, he wrote lyrics for the musical ‘West Side Story’ inspired from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for which the famous composer Leonard Bernstein had composed the music


He enrolled at ‘Williams College’ in 1946 and during these years, wrote four musicals under Hammerstein’s guidance


Post his parents’ divorce, after moving to rural Pennsylvania in 1940, he formed a close relationship with Oscar Hammerstein II

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