The final curtain has come down on one of the brightest lights ever to shine on Broadway’s ‘Great White Way’ with the death of beloved composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
Sondheim helped American musical theatre evolve beyond pure entertainment and reach new artistic heights with works such as West Side Story, Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd.
The revered star passed away at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. He was 91.
Sondheim learnt the art of musical theatre as a teenage assistant from Sound of Music lyricist Oscar Hammerstein. He went on to claim eight lifetime Tony Awards, surpassing the total of any other composer.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was mentored by Sondheim, has called him musical theatre’s greatest lyricist.