Stephen Sondheim

Composer Lyricist

Stephen Sondheim wrote the scores for  Road Show, Passion, Assassins, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd, Pacific Overtures, The Frogs, A Little Night Music, Follies, Company, Anyone Can Whistle, Saturday Night, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as well as the lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy, Do I Hear a Waltz?,  and additional lyrics for Candide.  Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by Sondheim, Marry Me a Little, You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow, Putting It Together and Sondheim on Sondheim. For films, he composed the score of Stavisky, co-composed Reds, and wrote songs for Dick Tracy and the television production “Evening Primrose.”  He co-authored the film The Last of Sheila and the play Getting Away With Murder.  He is on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, the national association of playwrights, composers, and lyricists, having served as its President from 1973 until 1981, and in 1983 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  In 1990, he was appointed the first Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University and in 1983 was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.  He was also the recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s Hull-Warriner Award in 1979, their Frederick Loewe Award in 2000 and their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.


Stephen Sondheim won Tony Awards for Best Score for a Musical for PassionInto the WoodsSweeney ToddA Little Night MusicFollies, and Company, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Sunday in the Park with George and the Academy award for Dick Tracy.