Penny Dreadful: From True Crime to FictionThe Madding Crowd: 18th Century LondonBloodletting: Barber Surgeons and Early MedicineThe Play's the Thing: From Melodrama to Musical
A String of Pearls
Sweeney Todd
Mrs. Lovett
Tobias Ragg
Judge Turpin
The Beadle
Anthony Hope
Adolfo Pirelli
Beggar Woman
Stephen Sondheim
San Francisco Symphony
Ellen M. Krass Productions
Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert
Stephen Sondheim

Wrote the music and lyrics for Passion (1994); Assassins (1991); Into The Woods (1987); Sunday in the Park With George (1984); Merrily We Roll Along (1981); Sweeney Todd (1979); Pacific Overtures (1976); The Frogs (1974); A Little Night Music (1973); Follies (1971, revised in London, 1987); Company (1970); Anyone Can Whistle (1964); and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962); as well as the lyrics for West Side Story (1957); Gypsy (1959); Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965), and additional lyrics for Candide (1973).

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Side by Side by Sondheim (1976); Marry Me A Little (1981); You're Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983) and Putting It Together (1992) are anthologies of his work as composer and lyricist. For films, he composed the scores of Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (Academy Award, 1990). He won Tony Awards for Best Score for a Musical for Passion, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Follies, and Company. Sunday in the Park With George received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1985. He is on the council of the Dramatists Guild, which is a national association of playwrights, composers and lyricists, having served as its president from 1973 until 1981. In 1983, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990 he was appointed the first visiting professor of contemporary theatre at Oxford University and in 1993 was a recipient of Kennedy Center honors.

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Additional Resources

Read an interview with Stephen Sondheim on the creation of Sweeney Todd
Read an interview with Stephen Sondheim on his 70th Birthday

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