Legendary Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim has Passed Away

We are so sorry to report that legendary composer Stephen Sondheim has passed away. You would be hard pressed to find another person who has contributed quite so much to American musical theater.

Just a sampling of Sondheim’s best-known works as composer (and lyricist) include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), and Into the Woods (1987). He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959).

During a recent stop by “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Sondheim revealed that he was hard at work on a new musical. He also gave his blessing to Steven Speilberg‘s upcoming “West Side Story” adaptation.

Longtime muse and collaborator Bernadette Peters offered her thoughts on his passing.

The New York Times broke the news of Sondheim’s passing.

He was 91.