This Friday there was the death of one of the most important figures in the history of Broadway. Musical composer Stephen Sondheim lost his life at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. He was 91 years old and the news was confirmed by lawyer F. Richard Pappas, who said that the death was sudden and that days ago he had celebrated Thanksgiving with some friends from his closest circle.
Among his most recognized works appeared productions such as Company, A little night music, Sunday in the park with George and Sweeney Todd. The latter was taken to the cinema by the hand of Tim Burton and with the protagonism of Johnny Depp, in a production that premiered in 2007 and raised more than $ 150 million from a budget of around $ 50 million.
He is considered the best composer in the history of Broadway from the second half of the 20th century. Between 1971 and 1994 he won 7 Tony awards, and in 2008 he was recognized with an honorary lifetime achievement award. In addition, it has a Pulitzer for his work Sunday in the park with George and received a Oscar for having composed the music of Dick Tracy in 1990. This year, there were two films that bore his stamp.
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Sondheim is considered the artistic father of Jonathan Larsson, character played by Andrew Garfield in the movie that premiered Netflix a few days ago. It is said that he was the one who discovered it and pushed him on his final stretch until he managed to write Rent (Work that he could not see because he died abruptly on the day of his first presentation). On the tape of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sondheim was played by Bradley Whitford.
West Side Story
In the late 1950s Stephen Sondheim wrote and composed the songs of the play West Side Story, which was taken to the cinema by the hand of Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise in 1961, which won the Oscar for Best Picture (received 11 nominations and won 10). This year the remake and it will be directed by nothing more and nothing less than a movie icon: Stephen Spielberg. Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler will be the protagonists.
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