- Real name
- Stephen Joshua Sondheim
- March 22, 1930
- United States
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.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.
Covers by Stephen Sondheim
|Title||Performer||Release date||Originally by|
|i||What Can You Lose?||Stephen Sondheim||1997||Madonna with Mandy Patinkin|
|i||They Ask Me Why I Believe in You||Stephen Sondheim, Herbie Hancock||February 21, 1995||Rebecca Luker|
|Silly People||Stephen Sondheim||September 30, 2008||Craig Lucas|
|Send in the Clowns||Sondheim||May 10, 2005||Glynis Johns|
|Marry Me a Little||Sondheim||May 10, 2005||David Kernan|
|Losing My Mind||Sondheim||May 10, 2005||Dorothy Collins|
|i||Goodbye for Now||Stephen Sondheim||December 4, 1981||Jean-Pierre Rampal and Claude Bolling|
|Do I Hear a Waltz?||Sondheim||October 25, 2005||Elizabeth Allen and Ensemble|
|Can That Boy Foxtrot||Stephen Sondheim||September 30, 2008||Millicent Martin and Julia McKenzie|
|Broadway Baby||Sondheim||May 10, 2005||Ethel Shutta|
|Anyone Can Whistle||Sondheim||May 10, 2005||Lee Remick|