Born Stephen Joshua Sondheim on March 22, 1930, in New York City.
He is well known for his work and contribution to musical theater. He has been active since 1954, and he has not called it quits yet.
Stephen Sondheim Bio: Age,Early Life, Parents, Education
Born to Herbert and Janet (nee Fox), both workers in the New York garment industry.
The dad was a dress manufacturer while his mom was a designer. Their marriage never lasted a short time, and they divorced in 1942, and young Sondheim had to move in with his mother in Doylestown,
Pennsylvania. This early move exposed him to piano and organ, which he studied with lots of passion. He started practicing songwriting while studying at George School.
He partly owes his success to his role model, Oscar Hammerstein II, a Broadway lyricist, and producer son.
Stephen Sondheim Career Details
His professional career began in television by writing scripts for the TOPPER and THE LAST WORD series. He did this side by side with writing scripts for music for the Broadway musical
“Girls of Summer.” His meeting with Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, and Leonard Bernstein helped him get a lyricist role for “West Side Story,” which hit the media in 1957. This was the beginning of his fame as his involvement helped produce one of the most successful shows ever watched on Broadway. His success did not stop there as he was again involved in the production of “Gypsy” in 1959.
In 1962 he produced “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” a show that had an inspiring run of close to 1,000 performances, which helped it to win the Tony Award for Best
Musical and transformed into a successful film in 1966.
In 1970 Sondheim produced “Company” and the following year, the “Follies,” a retrospective of the “Ziegfield Follies,” in which the composer created a unique blend of the nostalgia of popular
songs of the past with his style of a sentimental ballad. This earned him both the Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical of 1971.
He continued with great work in the better part of the 70s with several accolades and honors to his name. Enter the 80s, and he was still there; his later works included the film score for REDS produced in 1981 and “Sunday in the Park with George” made in 1984. Which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. In 1987 he produced the “Into the Woods” that was a musical hit that added fame to Broadway.
He continued his work throughout the 80s with a slower pace into the 90s. In the year 2000, he received the Praemium Imperiale award from the Japan Art Association, which was an honor for his film and theater industries’ contribution.
Stephen Sondheim Body Measurements
Stephen Sondheim is 5' 8" (1.73 m) tall, and his weight missing in the public domain.
Stephen Sondheim Net Worth
In 2019 he was estimated to be net worth US$20m. Due to the nature of his quiet life away from the public domain, there is very little known about his residence and his choice of cars.
Stephen Sondheim Dating History And Marriage Details
He leads a solitary life as a homosexual with some involvement in some short-lived relationships during the 70s and the 80s. However, his first long-term relationship was with dramatist Peter Jones, which ended sometime back, but the dates are again missing in the public domain. What is known is that he currently lives with his partner Jeff Romley.
This is the man, attributed as the oldest living human being in the music and theatre industries, and he has a lot to say about himself. Having come in 1954 when most of the current musicians were not yet born. They came in, did their part, and left him still moving on. His biography must be volumes of books.