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Playwright Arthur Laurents dead at 93

Playwright Arthur Laurents dead at 93

NEW YORK, May 5 (UPI) -- Playwright, librettist and screenwriter Arthur Laurents died Thursday in his New York home, following a brief, unspecified illness, his agent said. He was 93.

James Lapine to direct 'Annie' revival

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- James Lapine has signed on to direct the planned fall 2012 Broadway revival of "Annie," the musical's producers announced Thursday.

Actor hurt in London stage gun mishap

LONDON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Actor David Birrell sustained a serious eye injury during an on-stage firearms mishap at London's Donmar Warehouse theater.

Concert shows London's love for Sondheim

LONDON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Broadway's Stephen Sondheim says he was thrilled with a concert of his musical hits in London that saluted his 80th birthday.
'Little Night Music' re-opening on B'way

'Little Night Music' re-opening on B'way

NEW YORK, July 13 (UPI) -- Performances of Broadway's "A Little Night Music" are to resume after a brief break with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch now leading the cast.
'Little Night Music' to close June 20

'Little Night Music' to close June 20

NEW YORK, May 18 (UPI) -- The first Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's "A Little Night Music" is to close next month, the stage musical's producers said Tuesday.
Lazar: Role in Sondheim show is a dream

Lazar: Role in Sondheim show is a dream

NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- Broadway actor Aaron Lazar describes as a career highlight the moment when composer Stephen Sondheim told him he wanted him for a pivotal role in the revival of "A Little Night Music."
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Theater named for composer Sondheim

Theater named for composer Sondheim

NEW YORK, March 23 (UPI) -- James Lapine and John Weidman have announced a New York theater is being named for their longtime collaborator, composer Stephen Sondheim.
Zeta-Jones to make Broadway debut

Zeta-Jones to make Broadway debut

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angela Lansbury and Alexander Hanson are set to star in the first Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music," it was announced Tuesday.
80th birthday bash planned for Sondheim

80th birthday bash planned for Sondheim

NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- New York's Roundabout Theatre Company has announced plans for a star-studded tribute to composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who turns 80 next year.

Music theater star Gideon dead at 52

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., May 10 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Steve Gideon, likely known best for creating the first authorized gay rendition of "Marry Me a Little," is dead at age 52, his companion says.
Stars line up for 'A Little Night Music'

Stars line up for 'A Little Night Music'

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Natasha Richardson, Christine Baranski and Vanessa Redgrave have signed on to perform at a benefit concert reading of "A Little Night Music" in New York.
Stephen Sondheim a no-show at Tonys

Stephen Sondheim a no-show at Tonys

NEW YORK, June 19 (UPI) -- Broadway musical composer Stephen Sondheim didn't attend this week's Tony Awards ceremony in New York because he was traveling in Europe.
Paul Anka to get Mercer award

Paul Anka to get Mercer award

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- U.S. entertainer Paul Anka has been chosen to receive the Johnny Mercer Award at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame 2008 Awards dinner in New York.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 22, 2008.
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Composer Stephen Sondheim arrives for the world premiere of his film based on his broadway musical "Sweeney Todd" at the Ziegfeld theatre in New York on December 3, 2007. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Stephen Joshua Sondheim (born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist for stage and film. He is the winner of an Academy Award, multiple Tony Awards (eight, more than any other composer) including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, multiple Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize. Described by Frank Rich of the New York Times as "the greatest, and perhaps best-known artist working in musical theatre", his most famous scores include (as composer/lyricist) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and Assassins, as well as the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy.

In addition to theatre, he has contributed to the silver screen as well, including the 1981 Warren Beatty film Reds, contributing the song "Goodbye For Now". He also wrote five songs for the 1990 movie Dick Tracy, including Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man), which won the Academy Award for Best Song.

He was also president of the Dramatists Guild from 1973 to 1981. On September 15, 2010, in honor of his 80th birthday, the Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in his honor. He is also the only living composer with a quarterly journal published in his name.

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