Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim, famous for his song writing and music compositions, has died.
Stephen died Friday at his home in Roxbury, CT … according to a New York Times report citing his lawyer, F. Richard Pappas.
The cause of death is currently unclear … but it sounds sudden, because Stephen’s lawyer says he had celebrated Thanksgiving dinner with his friends in the area.
Simply put, Stephen is the godfather of the American musical … writing lyrics for famous plays like “West Side Story” plus “Follies,” “Into The Woods,” “Pacific Overtures,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Company,” “A Little Night Music,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Sunday in the Park With George,” “Passion,” “Assassins” and “Gypsy.”
Stephen’s decorated Broadway career includes three Tony awards, a lifetime achievement award from the Kennedy Center and a Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama.
In addition, his name now adorns the famous Broadway house in New York City formerly known as Henry Miller’s Theater.
Stephen celebrated his 90th birthday in March 2020, but the pandemic postponed a Broadway revival of his famous “Company” … though he was later honored by Broadway performers singing his famous songs.
SS recently got some movie love … he’s portrayed in the new Lin-Manuel Miranda movie “Tick, Tick…Boom!” which just dropped this week on Netflix … with Bradley Whitford playing the role.
Stephen was 91.