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Obit: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)

Stilly River Sage 26 Nov 21 - 05:40 PM
GUEST,keberoxu 26 Nov 21 - 09:52 PM
JennieG 26 Nov 21 - 11:15 PM
Joe Offer 27 Nov 21 - 02:01 AM
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GUEST,Backwoodsman 27 Nov 21 - 06:21 AM
gillymor 27 Nov 21 - 06:38 AM
Nigel Paterson 27 Nov 21 - 06:41 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Nov 21 - 12:35 PM
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Subject: Stephen Sondheim, 1930-2021
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Nov 21 - 05:40 PM

Not folk, not blues, but certainly the source of many songs in our lives.

Stephen Sondheim, Titan of the American Musical, Is Dead at 91

"He was the theater’s most revered and influential composer-lyricist of the last half of the 20th century and the driving force behind some of Broadway’s most beloved and celebrated shows."

"In the history of the theater, only a handful could call Mr. Sondheim peer. The list of major theater composers who wrote words to accompany their own scores (and vice versa) is a short one — it includes Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Jerry Herman and Noël Coward."

He had Thanksgiving dinner with friends yesterday and died suddenly today.


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Subject: RE: Stephen Sondheim, 1930-2021
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 26 Nov 21 - 09:52 PM

Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns . . .


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Subject: RE: Stephen Sondheim, 1930-2021
From: JennieG
Date: 26 Nov 21 - 11:15 PM

Our choir repertoire has, from time to time, included songs by Stephen Sondheim - they are wonderful to sing but difficult to sing well, so are very rewarding.

And of course, "West Side Story"......


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Subject: RE: Obit: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Nov 21 - 02:01 AM

Wikipedia says Sondheim's best-known works as composer and lyricist include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), and Into the Woods (1987). He was also known for writing the lyrics for West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959).
My sister Julie was the glamorous one in the family, star of the high school musical and the belle of the ball wherever she went. She loved musicals, and especially loved Sondheim. She died of ALS in 2017. Whenever I think of Sondheim, I think of her - and vice-versa.
May they both rest in peace.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Obit: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Nov 21 - 04:35 AM

RIP Mr. Sondheim. An amazing output.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
From: GUEST,Backwoodsman
Date: 27 Nov 21 - 06:21 AM

A supreme writer and musician. As a very occasional co-writer with my band-colleague, I’d give my pension to be able to match the quality of SS’s lyrics and his musicality. Very glad to have lived through the years of his towering career. RIP Mr. Sondheim.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
From: gillymor
Date: 27 Nov 21 - 06:38 AM

When I was a kid I was obsessed with Funny Thing Happened... and, of course, West Side Story. The ensemble version of Tonight at the end of the first act was one of the great moments in musical theater, I was overwhelmed the first time I saw it live. He had a long, wildly successful run.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 27 Nov 21 - 06:41 AM

An interesting snippet from Wikipedia:
"It has been rumoured that while Bernstein was off trying to fix the musical Candide, Sondheim wrote some of the music for West Side Story, and that Bernstein's co-lyricist billing mysteriously disappeared from the credits of West Side Story during the tryout, presumably as a trade-off. However, Suskin writes in Show Tunes that "As the writing progressed and the extent of Bernstein's lyric contributions became less, the composer agreed to rescind his credit. ... Contrary to rumour, Sondheim did not write music for the show; his only contribution came on "Something's Coming", where he developed the main strain of the chorus from music Bernstein wrote for the verse"
Fortunately, for all of us, Sondheim went on to establish himself as a peerless composer of musicals.
The final curtain has fallen on a life, well-lived. Rest well, Sir...you've earned it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Nov 21 - 12:35 PM

PBS Newshour: Remembering the life and legacy of Stephen Sondheim, a giant in musical theater

This is a clip from an interview - really interesting stuff. Here he briefly discusses how he uses rhyme and other wordplay - something all writers can learn from.

And this is from 1988. 60 Minutes Archive: Stephen Sondheim


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Subject: RE: Obit: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
From: Thompson
Date: 27 Nov 21 - 01:35 PM

Just watched A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and to my surprise, there was an aged Buster Keaton; the cinematographer was Nicolas Roeg!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
From: gillymor
Date: 01 Dec 21 - 08:13 PM

Fresh Air is doing a 3 day tribute to Mr. Sondheim. I guess there will be more previously aired interviews like the very interesting one that was featured today.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 02 Dec 21 - 12:33 AM

My wife is, among many other musical things, the Broadway Baby. She's appeared Off-Broadway and in cabaret.

I have worked backstage on productions of Into the Woods and Assassins.

Alice recently sung *I'm Still Here* at an online sing in tribute to Mr. Sondheim. And, believe me, she has the pipes to carry it off.

The wonderful music will always be here, and there will always be people here to sing it.


Jay


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Subject: RE: Obit: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
From: clueless don
Date: 02 Dec 21 - 06:59 AM

Among the many works that Mr. Sondheim wrote/composed, a personal favorite of mine is the theme music from the 50s TV show "Topper".

Don


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Subject: RE: Obit: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Dec 21 - 05:50 PM

Stephen Sondheim might be the Musical Theater's most brilliant lyricist. My fave has always
been "A Little Night Music" Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. I loved the Bergman film too.

He didn't care for Brecht, too didactic for Sondheim's tastes but he wrote the most Brechtian
line in Sweeney.

"Those down below serving those up above". (Pure Brecht!)

I disagreed that "I Feel Pretty" was too drawing-room for Maria. Puerto Rican girls
are sheltered in their own country and could very well have these feelings about being
an elite woman.

Also, he got in trouble for "Island of tropic diseases". PR has a good health system.

West Side is Bernstein's triumph INMHO and his symphony and coral work just wasn't as
valuable. I'm sorry that Berstein didn't write more musicals but maybe WSS and Candide
were enough.

Sondheim's brilliance will be remembered in musical history.


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