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Stephen Sondheim, American musical legend, dies

His lawyer and friend said, Friday, that American music legend Stephen Sondheim, lyricist “West Side Story”, has died at the age of 91. The New York Times. The day after Thanksgiving, which he celebrated with his friends, Stephen Sondheim died suddenly on Friday morning at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut.

Stephen Sondheim quickly managed to take off his career. In 1957 it was lyricist Leonard Bernstein for “West Side Story,” which became a staple, a theme adapted by Steven Spielberg.

He continued into the world of musical comedies and had other hits with “Le Forum en Folie”, “A Little Night Music” or “Sweeney Todd”. He also became known by writing for cinema: one could quote “Stavisky”, “Reds” or “Dick Tracy”.

Born on March 22, 1930 in New York City, he was considered one of the greatest composers of musicals. Over the course of his long career, Stephen Sondheim has won eight Grammy Awards, as many Tony Awards, and an Oscar. In 2015, Barack Obama, then President of the United States, awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor.

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