Stephen Sondheim

Musicals / Classical Music Datebook:  March 22 

Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim!

Stephen Sondheim:  American Composer and Lyricist

Stephen (Joshua) Sondheim, born March 22, 1930, is an American composer and lyricist known for his contributions to musical theatre. He has received numerous awards including an Academy Award, Tony Awards (plus a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre), Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom (2015).

His best-known works include: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Follies, A Little Night Music (with the famous "Send in the Clowns"), Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. The list goes on... Sondheim also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy, and some songs for 1990's Dick Tracy, including "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" by Madonna, which won the Academy Award for Best Song.

On his 80th birthday, the former Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on September 15, 2010, and the BBC Proms held a concert in his honour.

To celebrate his birthday today, I'm sharing an all-time favourite song, "Send in the Clowns," beautifully sung by  actress Glenn Close. The song comes from Sondheim's A Little Night Music, the literal English translation of the German name for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's popular  Serenade No. 13 for Strings in G major,  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

Video Credit:

Send in the Clowns - Glenn Close. Youtube, uploaded by Accessed 22 March 2016.

Image Credit:

Stephen Sondheim circa1976. / public domain


Conversations with Sondheim.  Accessed 22 March 2016.

Stephen Sondheim.  Internet Movie Database (IMDb).  Accessed 22 March 2016.

Stephen Sondheim Biography.  Accessed 22 March 2016.

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