Stephen Sondheim

American composer and lyricist
Sondheim c. 1970

Steven Joshua Sondheim (born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist

Early and personal lifeEdit

Sondheim was born into a Jewish[1] family in New York City and grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and later near Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He is openly gay.[2]


He wrote the words for songs in Gypsy and West Side Story. Of American composers still living, he has won the most awards. He has:

Sondheim writes both the music and the words to his musicals.

Many critics like his work, but some people do not like it. Sweeney Todd is very different from the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Some of Sondheim's musicalsEdit


  1. J is for Jewish dramatists
  2. Another opening, another show

Other websitesEdit