London celebrates Sondheim's 75th

LONDON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Some of the biggest names in London theater are assembling Sunday to celebrate the 75th birthday of Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim.

Actor Benzali set to issue music CD

LOS ANGELES, May 6 (UPI) -- "NYPD Blue" and "Murder One" actor Daniel Benzali is returning to his roots as a singer with a new CD of American pop standards.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, March 22, the 81st day of 2005 with 284 to follow.
By United Press International

Feature: Hey kids, let's put on a show

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A new PBS documentary, "Children Will Listen," follows the creation of a musical comedy production by a group of Washington, D.C.-area students -- and makes a pitch for public officials to restore funding for the arts in public schools.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Mandy Patinkin extends NYC one-man show

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Tony and Emmy Award-winning performer Mandy Patinkin has extended his performances at New York's Dodger Stages, an Off-Broadway theater complex.

Booth acting family in vogue again

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- "The Booth Variations," a multi-media piece about the Booth acting clan, brought a member of the family to the New York stage for the second time this year.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, March 22, the 82nd day of 2004 with 284 to follow.
By United Press International

Stars leap for 'Frogs' roles

NEW YORK, March 11 (UPI) -- John Byner, Peter Bartlett, Daniel Davis, Burke Moses and Michael Siberry have joined the cast of the upcoming New York production of "The Frogs."

Six-day-old lamb joins 'Gypsy' cast

NEW YORK, March 1 (UPI) -- Dandelion, a 6-day-old Friesian lamb, is set to make her Broadway debut in "Gypsy," the musical's producers announced Monday.

'Gypsy' to stay open on Broadway

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The Broadway production of "Gypsy" will stay open at the Shubert Theatre, the musical's producers announced Wednesday.

Stephen Sondheim's 'Frogs' gets update

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Composer Stephen Sondheim has updated his musical "The Frogs" with new songs and an expanded storyline for its New York City run this summer.

Review: Lemper cultivates 'chanteuse' art

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Because the international chanteuse is a disappearing species, the German singer Ute Lemper is all the more treasured by connoisseurs of the art perfected by Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf when cabaret was more prevalent than it is today.

Feature: Musical parodies B'way musicals

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A sparkling new musical at the Citicorp Center's Theater at St. Peter's Church is a parody of Broadway musicals and their creators in the form of five short melodramas with but a single plot, a new theatrical idea from the team of Eric Rockwell and Joanne

Brit star Maria Friedman makes U.S. debut

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- British singing star Maria Friedman is making her American debut with a one-woman show that makes it clear why she has won two Olivier Awards, the London equiva

Beating the drums for music education

NASHVILLE, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A higher percentage of college graduates who major in music are admitted to medical school than those who major in biochemistry (66 percent versus 44 percent, a
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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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