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UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 22, 2008.
By United Press International

Depp and Burton discuss Sweeney Todd

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp spoke about bringing the stage to film in the new Burton movie, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."

Tim Burton honored at Venice Film Festival

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival, Variety.com reported Thursday.

'Company' moves on to PBS

NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) -- John Doyle's production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's "Company" ended its Broadway run Sunday in New York, but it will get another play on PBS.

'Utopia' wins big at Drama Desks

NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) -- Tom Stoppard's trilogy "The Coast of Utopia" won seven honors, including outstanding drama, at the 2006-07 Drama Desk Awards at Lincoln Center in New York.

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UPI almanac for Thursday, March 22, 2007.
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Grammys honor Baez, Booker T, the Doors

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- This year's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles presented lifetime achievement honors to several recording artists, including Joan Baez and The Doors.

'Spamalot' romps in Olivier nominations

LONDON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The musicals "Spamalot" and "Sunday in the Park with George" both took multiple nominations for the Laurence Olivier Awards in London.

'Frasier' star to headline 'My Fair Lady'

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Actor Kelsey Grammer, who starred in the TV series "Frasier," is set to take on one of the leads in the New York Philharmonic's upcoming run of "My Fair Lady."

Grammy Awards to honor The Doors' career

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The iconic U.S. rock group The Doors is among several lifetime achievement honorees to be cited at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

Goodwill Event to honor Sondheim's career

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The impressive career of Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim is to be the focus of next year's Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event in California.

Donna Murphy joins 'LoveMusik' cast

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Two-time Tony award winner Donna Murphy has been chosen to headline in the epic romantic musical "LoveMusik" on Broadway this coming spring.

Sondheim musical 'Company' begins previews

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Previews began Monday for the latest Broadway revival of the musical comedy "Company" at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The 1970 work from Stephen Sondheim and George Furth stars Raul Esparza and is slated for a Nov. 29 opening night.

Actress Susan Browning dead at 65

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- Two-time Tony Award-nominee Susan Browning, who created the role of April in Broadway's "Company," has died in New York at age 65.

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Stephen Sondheim
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)

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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