Happy Birthday, Sondheim and Webber

Monday, March 22, 2010

March 22 is the birthday of American composer Stephen Sondheim and English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Sondheim, who turns 80 years old today, is the composer of the scores to "Sweeney Todd, "Company," "A Little Night Music," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and "Sunday in the Park with George," among others. He also wrote the lyrics for "West Side Story" and "Gypsy." Sondheim's birthday was celebrated with a televised concert last week at Avery Fisher Hall. Another tribute show is being mounted by Roundabout Theatre Company featuring, among others, Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat.

Today is Webber's 62nd birthday. He wrote the scores to "The Likes of Us," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and "Tell Me On A Sunday." Webber produced a film version of "The Phantom of the Opera" in 2004. This March, his new musical "Love Never Dies," which is a sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera," opened in London.

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