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Death misses American musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim

New York – AFP
Stephen Sondheim, the most important American songwriter and author of West Side Story lyrics, has died at the age of 91, a spokesperson for one of his plays announced.
His lawyer, F. Richard Pappas told the “New York Times” that Stephen Sondheim died suddenly at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut (northeastern United States), after he celebrated Thanksgiving with his friends the day before.
A spokesman for his Broadway play “Company”, Rick Miramontez, confirmed his death.
Apprenticed at an early age by the famous musical playwright Oscar Hammerstein (“Show Boat”, “Sound of Music”), Stephen Sondheim was chosen, at the age of only 25, to write the lyrics for the play “West Side Story” that would become a theater legend. Lyric, and his first Broadway play was later adapted for the screen.
Sondheim, born on March 22, 1930 in New York, was considered one of the greatest playwrights and preferred artistic theater to mainstream Broadway entertainment.
Among his most prominent works as a composer or lyricist are “Sweeney Todd”, “Gypsy”, “Sunday in the Park with George” and “A Little Night Music”.
During his long career, the Broadway giant has won eight Grammy Awards, several Tony Awards, an Academy Award, in addition to a Pulitzer Prize.


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