Stephen Sondheim: Broadway Legend and ‘West Side Story” Writer, Dies at 91

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Stephen Sondheim is a Broadway Legend, and the writer of West Side Story, at the age 91. According to New York TimesHe was a stage icon who died early Friday morning at Roxbury, Connecticut. F. Richard Pappas, Sondheim’s friend and lawyer, announced the news. He reportedly described the sudden death as “surprising”. No cause of death has been announced at this time.

Stephen Joshua Sondheim was born in New York in 1930 and grew up to be one of Broadway’s most famous composers. Additionally to West Side StorySondheim is also responsible for musical inspiration behind plays such as Gypsy (1959), Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street(1979), Into the Woods (1987). Over the years. Many of Sondheim’s stories have been adapted into films. Funny Things Happened on the Road to the Forum (1966), Little Night Music (1977), Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street(2007).Into the Woods (2014). 

There were also 2 versions of GypsyOne in 1962, and a remake 1993. A new Christmas tree was unveiled in December. West Side Story film — as directed by Stephen Speilberg — will be released, and director Richard Linklater (School of Rock, BoyhoodCurrently, a film adaptation of ) is in production Merrily We Roll AlongSondheim’s musical of the name was also adapted by George Furth in 1981. Ben Platt, Beanie Feldstein and Blake Jenner will star in the film.

Twitter has been abuzz with tributes to Sondheim’s passing. Josh Gad, actor, took to Twitter in honor of the late legend. “Perhaps not since April 23rd of 1616 has theater lost such a revolutionary voice,”He Write. “Thank you Mr. Sondheim for your Demon Barber, some Night Music, a Sunday in the Park, Company, fun at a Forum, a trip Into the Woods and telling us a West Side Story. RIP.” 

Writer Neil Gaiman Additional, “He wrote me a wonderful permission letter to use ‘Old Friends’ in American Gods. I avoided meeting him (failed only once) and refused dinner because I didn’t have many heroes. Now I’ve got one less. Thank you Stephen Sondheim so much.”

Anna Kendrick, the actress, created a sweet tribute for the composer. “I was just talking to someone a few nights ago about how much fun (and f—ing difficult) it is to sing Stephen Sondheim,”She Tweet. “Performing his work has been among the greatest privileges of my career. A devastating loss.”