Stephen Sondheim (1930 – 2021)

I can remember having cried at the death of someone who I never knew, though it wasn’t a celebrity, nor someone who had lived a full and long life. The death of Sondheim was the first of it’s kind for me. It hit me in the throat. I knew it was coming, as he was 91, but still, his death would represent an end to so much that was profound, tender, and poignant about the human experience. I dare say that no one in theatre captured it like Sondheim. His theatre work spanned 50 years starting as a lyricist to Leonard Bernstein’s composition to the iconic Broadway show “West Side Story” in 1957. He followed that by writing the lyrics to “Gypsy” in 1959 and that would be the last time that Sondheim would not write both lyrics and music. His list of Theatre credits includes “Company”, “A Little Night Music”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Sunday in the Park with George”, “Follies”, “Assassins”, “Anyone Can Whistle”, “Merrily we Roll Along”, and others.