Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim
Real name
Stephen Joshua Sondheim
Born
March 22, 1930
Country
United States
IPI
00029156483
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One of the major figures of American musical theatre, Sondheim's first success was a lyricist for others' compositions, but he wrote many Broadway scores himself. Sondheim has also written music for film.

Sondheim had a hard childhood, and he came to hate his mother, whose funeral he famously refused to attend. After his parents' divorce when he was nine, Sondheim was sent to live on a farm in Pennsylvania, where he became friend's with James Hammerstein, the father of Oscar Hammerstein II, who became something of a surrogate father, as well as a musical mentor to Sondheim.

Sondheim came out as gay in the 1980s; however, he is essentially an introverted and solitary person who has felt like an outsider since his youth.
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