West Side Story Songwriter & Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim Dies At 91

Stephen Sondheim’s auteur work is so precise, he’s develop right into a subgenre of musical theatre unto himself. His work couldn’t become crossover pop hits on the Top 40 charts, nonetheless they’re songs that embody Hans Christian Andersen’s well-known quote, “When phrases fail, music speaks.” Sondheim’s work pulls out the deeply emotional and human responses to the world spherical us, in all of their tough glory. Sondheim wasn’t inquisitive about giving an entertaining distraction full of spectacle for a few hours, nonetheless a choice to tip-toe the viewers into learning the way in which to transcend the difficulties of frequently existence.

The characters and songs of Stephen Sondheim are as tough and conflicting as the actual fact he’s reflecting, embracing the fact that the world exists on a spectrum and by no means a binary, regardless if that’s the easier actuality to easily settle for. His work completely modified the panorama of what was attainable in American musicals, and easily as his mentor Oscar Hammerstein II impressed him to jot down down in his private, unique vogue, Sondheim did the similar for fellow game-changers Jonathan Larson, of “Rent” and “Tick…Tick…BOOM!” fame, and the groundbreaking Lin-Manuel Miranda. Sondheim even had a hidden voice cameo on the end of Miranda’s film adaptation of “Tick…Tick…BOOM!” — a second that now seems like a beautiful passing of the torch connecting the three legacies of musical theatre greats.

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