Stephen Sondheim

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Steven Spielberg on making West Side Story with Stephen Sondheim: ‘I called him SS1!’
The legendary director used to get scolded by his parents for singing its songs at the dinner table. As his version hits the big screen, he talks about his own dancefloor prowess – and the ‘obscure movie club’ he formed with Sondheim

Ryan Gilbey

08, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Stephen Sondheim’s other job: crossword setter
The lyricist and composer had a deep, enduring love of British cryptic crosswords. Let’s take a moment to enjoy that

Alan Connor

06, Dec, 2021 @4:13 PM

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Stephen Sondheim’s shows are not lacking in humanity | Letters
Letters: Michael Ratcliffe responds to an obituary of the lyricist and composer

Letters

03, Dec, 2021 @6:27 PM

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Digested Week: Words mattered for Stephen Sondheim, as I found to my cost | Emma Brockes
The death of the musicals legend triggered anguish and a memory of a destabilising telling-off

Emma Brockes

03, Dec, 2021 @2:11 PM

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West Side Story review – Spielberg’s triumphantly hyperreal remake
Stunning recreations of the original film’s New York retain the songs and the dancing in a re-telling that will leave you gasping

Peter Bradshaw

02, Dec, 2021 @2:00 PM

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I found a friend in Stephen Sondheim’s musicals. No one has made a bigger impact on my life
Learning his catalogue by heart may not have made Clem Bastow schoolyard popular – but for a young autistic child, his work opened up a world

Clem Bastow

30, Nov, 2021 @3:00 AM

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Where to start with Stephen Sondheim: 10 of the best from the maestro
Discover the musical theatre titan through the life-changing cast album of Company, Imelda Staunton’s phenomenal turn in Gypsy, starry birthday concerts and his essential book on lyric writing

Michael Billington

29, Nov, 2021 @9:00 PM

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‘He was a god for us’: actors on being side by side with Stephen Sondheim
Musical theatre stars Jenna Russell, Daniel Evans and Janie Dee remember working with their hero, and the unique demands and rewards of his songs

Interviews by Chris Wiegand

29, Nov, 2021 @4:22 PM

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Stephen Sondheim obituary
Lyricist of West Side Story who went on to write music and lyrics for acclaimed works including Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods

Tom Sutcliffe

28, Nov, 2021 @1:05 PM

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Sondheim reshaped musical theatre, placing it at the very heart of American culture | David Benedict
The revered lyricist and composer has died at 91, but his search for new ways to express ideas still influences wider culture today

David Benedict

28, Nov, 2021 @7:03 AM

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London’s West End theatres to pay tribute to the genius of Stephen Sondheim
Stars of stage and screen mourn the death at 91 of the lyricist and composer who reinvented musicals

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

27, Nov, 2021 @5:59 PM

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‘I’m a great audience – I cry very easily’: Stephen Sondheim in his own words
In these extracts from interviews published in the Guardian and the Observer, the musicals maestro – who has died aged 91 – talks about rhyme, reviews and risk

Chris Wiegand

27, Nov, 2021 @2:13 PM

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