Steven Sondheim, songwriter for West Side Story and Sweeney Todd, dies

Composer and poet Stephen Sondheim died at the age of 91 at his home in American Connecticut. The death of the composer, which came as a surprise, is reported by The New York Times with reference to his friend Richard Pappas.

Thanksgiving, which was celebrated in the United States on November 25, Sondheim spent with his friends. Then he was healthy, and the cause of death of the composer is unknown, Pappas said.

Stephen Sondheim has written music and lyrics for over 20 Broadway musicals. Among his works are West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Into the Woods and others.

Sondheim has won eight Emmy, three Tony and a Pulitzer Prize. In addition, he received an Oscar for the song Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man) for the film Dick Tracy, which was performed by Madonna. In total, Sondheim wrote five songs for this film and two for Madonna in particular. Theaters on Broadway and the West End in New York were named after him.



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