Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Birthday, Stephen Sondheim!

Today is the 80th birthday of one of Broadway's most beloved composers, Mr. Stephen Sondheim.  In honor of the occasion, there have been a string of concerts all over New York (and, I'm sure, all over the country) at New York City Center, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and The Roundabout Theatre Company.

Mr. Sondheim has won an impressive list of awards and honors.  In 1983, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  In 1993, he received the Kennedy Center Honors.  He has won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Sunday In the Park With George, the Academy Award for Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man) from the movie Dick Tracey, 8 Grammy Awards, most recently for Best Musical Show Album (West Side Story), 8 Tony Awards (more than any other composer), 7 Drama Desk Awards, and an OBIE Award.

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