Out composer Stephen Sondheim dead at 91

Sun. November 28, 2021 8:36 AM by OnTopMag.com

stephen sondheim circa 1970

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Out composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim died Friday. He was 91.

According to The New York Times, Sondheim's death was announced by his lawyer and friend, Richard Pappas, who said Sondheim's death was sudden. Pappas said that Sondheim spent Thanksgiving with friends.

Sondheim is survived by his husband, Jeffrey Romley. The couple married in 2017.

The Times described the 1970s and 1980s as Sondheim's “most productive” years. During those decades, his works included CompanyFolliesA little Night MusicPacific OverturesSweeney Todd,Merrily We Roll AlongInto the Woods, and Sunday in the Park with George.

Sondheim was influenced by playwright Oscar Hammerstein II (South PacificThe Sound of Musicwith Richard Rogers), who became a surrogate father to Sondheim after his parents divorced at age ten.

The Broadway legend, described by many as introverted, didn't come out as gay until he was 40.

He died in his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. A cause of death has not been released.

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