His counsel told the New York Times that Sondheim passed away on Friday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut.
He was a Goliath of musical theatre who turned the unapt of subjects into entertainment milestones.
During his outstanding career, he wrote the scores of some of Broadway’s best- known shows including Company, Asininities and A Little Night Music. Sondheim also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story.
The New-York born musician won eight Grammy awards, nine Tony awards- including the special Continuance Achievement in the Theatre-and one Academe Award. He also entered a Pulitzer Prize.
In 2015, US President Barack Obama bestowed Sondheim the Presidential Medal of Freedom-the loftiest mercenary award-for his work. Sondheim’s counsel said the musician had celebrated Thanksgiving with musketeers a day before his death.
Paeans have started pouring to one of the musical theatre’s most deified melodists. fantastic worlds and characters, but at the heart of every story he told was a sprat from New York City. And that sprat was a legend. One of the brightest lights of Broadway is dark tonight. May he rest in peace.”
US actress and songster Anna Kendrick said that performing Sondheim’s work”has been among the topmost boons of my career”, adding that the musician’s death was”a ruinous loss”.
Intelligencer FaeO’Toole, posted on Twitter a letter she entered from Sondheim in 2011, when she was” theatre-frenetic 16- time-old”.
She said it” made me cry for weeks and propelled me towards a career of art and jotting. Thank you for everything. Rest easy. Born on 22 March 1930, Sondheim saw his first Broadway monodrama at the age of nine.
The ensuing time he met Oscar Hammerstein II, of The King and I and Oklahoma! fame, who came his tutor as he made his first raids into musical theatre.
After some adolescent trials with the form, he was commissioned to turn Front Porch in Flatbush, a play by binary sisters Julius and Philip Epstein, into a musical.
The performing piece, called Saturday Night, didn’t open on Broadway in 1954 as planned, following the death of its patron, Lemuel Ayers. Indeed, it would be 43 times before it entered its professional premiere in London.
Sondheim’s big break rather came through an assignation to pen lyrics for West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein’s contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
West Side Story opened on Broadway in 1957 and ran for further than 700 performances. A 1961 film interpretation won 10 Oscars.
In 2010, the time Sondheim turned 80, a Broadway theatre was renamed in his honour.
Ten times latterly, he entered the same accolade in London when the Queen’s Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue was rechristened the Sondheim.
Sondheim is survived by his hubby, Jeffrey Scott Romley, who’s nearly 50 times his inferior, whom he married in 2017.
“You have to work on commodity that makes you uncertain- commodity that makes you misdoubt yourself,”Sondheim said in 2017.
Still, you’ve gone, as the minstrel says,”If you know where you are going. And that is death.”