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Mythical musical composer Stephen Sondheim dies

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Stephen Sondheim

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The mythical American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim died at his home in Connecticut at the age of 91.

From “Sweeney Todd” and “Assassins” to the fairy tale “Into the Woods,” his musicals possessed a boldness, complexity, and linguistic prowess that few of his peers could match.

Born in New York in March 1930, Sondheim saw his first Broadway musical at the age of 9.

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Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics for Leonard Bernstein’s songs for “West Side Story.”

His big break came in the 1950s when he was asked to write the lyrics for the musical “West Side Story”, a contemporary version of Leonard Bernstein’s “Romeo and Juliet” by Shakespeare.

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