Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim
Real name
Stephen Joshua Sondheim
March 22, 1930
United States
00029156483 121 works
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.


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Performances also appear on

Title Performer Release date Label
Reds - Original Soundtrack Album various artists December 4, 1981 Columbia
Color and Light - Jazz Sketches on Sondheim various artists February 21, 1995 Sony Classical
Songs Without Words various artists 1997 Windham Hill
Stephen Sondheim - The Story So Far... various artists September 30, 2008 Legacy


Title Performer Release date Label
Sondheim - A Musical Tribute various artists 1973 Warner Bros.
Everything's Coming up Roses - The Musical World of Stephen Sondheim The Roy Budd Trio ‎ 1976 PYE Records
A Different Side of Sondheim Richard Rodney Bennett 1978 DRG Records
A Stephen Sondheim Collection Jackie Cain & Roy Kral 1982 Finesse Records
Sondheim various artists 1985 Book-of-the-Month Records
Old Friends - Geraldine Turner Sings the Songs of Stephen Sondheim Geraldine Turner 1986 Larrikin Records
Cleo Sings Sondheim Cleo Laine - Orchestrated and conducted by Jonathan Tunick 1988 RCA Victor
Julie Wilson Sings the Stephen Sondheim Songbook Julie Wilson with William Roy 1988 DRG Records
The Other Side of Sondheim Jane Harvey 1988 Atlantic Jazz
Too Many Mornings - Songs by Sondheim Øystein Wiik 1991 Minos Productions
Unsung Sondheim various artists 1993 Fynsworth Alley
Stephen Sondheim's Passion... in Jazz The Trotter Trio November 1994 Varèse Sarabande
Somewhere - The Songs of Sondheim & Bernstein Marina Prior 1994 Columbia Australia
Color and Light - Jazz Sketches on Sondheim various artists February 21, 1995 Sony Classical
Oscar & Steve Mandy Patinkin October 24, 1995 Nonesuch
Stephen Sondheim's Company ... in Jazz The Trotter Trio November 1995 Varèse Sarabande
Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd... In Jazz The Trotter Trio 1995 Varèse Sarabande
What Can You Lose - Myrra Malmberg Sings Sondheim Myrra Malmberg, Peter Nordahl 1995 Arietta Discs
Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum... In Jazz The Trotter Trio 1996 Varèse Sarabande
Take Me to the World - Songs by Sondheim Marc Heller 1996 Etcetera
Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music Terry Trotter September 1997 Varèse Sarabande
Something Wonderful - Songs of Oscar Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim Anne Kerry Ford 1997 LML Music
Sondheim Tonight various artists September 14, 1999 Jay Records [GB]
Louis Lebeau Remembers Cole Porter, Not Stephen Sondheim (But Sings Their Songs Anyway) Robert Clary with The John Rodby Trio 2000 Original Cast Records
The Stephen Sondheim Album various artists 2000 Fynsworth Alley
Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim Barbara Cook May 8, 2001 DRG Records
Simply Sondheim Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles 2001 (self-released)
Putting it Together - A Musical Review various artists February 2002 GoodTimes Entertainment
Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim Mandy Patinkin October 29, 2002 Nonesuch
Geraldine Turner Sings the Stephen Sondheim Songbook Volume 2 Geraldine Turner 2002 Bayview
Stephen Sondheim Orquestra de Cambra Teatre Lliure featuring Nina [ES] 2004 Satchmo Jazz Records
Lost in the Stars Deborah Shulman - Larry Zalkind July 2012 Summit Records [US1]
Liaisons – Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano Anthony de Mare October 2, 2015 ECM
Good Thing Going - The Songs of Stephen Sondheim Steve Ross November 13, 2015 Harbinger Records
Something's Coming - Un tribut a Sondheim Joan Vázquez June 16, 2016 Edicions Albert Moraleda
A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim Judy Collins March 3, 2017 Wildflower
SondHamm Hamm May 16, 2017 (self-released)
Rearrangements of Shadows Cheryl Bentyne October 6, 2017 ArtistShare
Sondheim Sublime Melissa Errico November 2, 2018 Ghostlight
Move On - A Sondheim Adventure Cyrille Aimée February 22, 2019 Mack Avenue
Rai Paz Quartet Plays Gypsy Rai Paz Quartet April 2019 Fresh Sound New Talent
Losing My Mind - A Sondheim Disco Fever Dream various artists March 20, 2020 Broadway Records