Opinion: How Stephen Sondheim great kept Broadway fresh and vital

If you’re a fan of musical theater, it’s fair to say you’re a fan of Stephen Sondheim, the Broadway legend who died Friday at age 91.

A gifted composer and lyricist, Sondheim was his generation’s most artistically significant creator of shows. And what shows they were: “Company,” “Follies,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Pacific Overtures,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “A Little Night Music” “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Into the Woods,” among others. Oh, and let’s not forget his early efforts — a couple of now landmark shows, “Gypsy” and “West Side Story,” for which he just happened to supply the lyrics.