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Born: March 22, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Music ...
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1940:
At age ten, moved with mother to Pennsylvania after parents' separation; neighbor Oscar Hammerstein II served as mentor
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Wrote first amateur musical, "By George" while still in boarding school
1953:
Wrote for the CBS TV series, "Topper"
1954:
Wrote first musical score, "Saturday Night"; show was optioned for production, but the producer died before funding had been raised; project was shelved until a 1997 production at London's Bridewell Theatre; received a professional recording in 1998
1956:
First professional stage work, composed incidental music for "Girls of Summer"
1957:
Wrote lyrics to Broadway show, "West Side Story"; adapted into a film in 1961
1959:
Only original teleplay produced, "In an Early Winter"
1960:
Contributed to the CBS special "The Fabulous 50s"
1962:
Wrote lyrics and music for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"; adapted into a film in 1966
1966:
Composed and wrote lyrics for first TV score, "Evening Primrose"
1970:
First collaboration with Harold Prince as director, "Company"; recording of the cast album was the subject of D. A. Pennebaker's documentary
1972:
Wrote the score for the cult musical "Follies"
1973:
With Anthony Perkins, co-wrote first original screenplay, "The Last of Sheila"; directed by Herbert Ross
1974:
TV acting debut in a PBS' production of "June Moon"
1974:
Composed first original film score, "Stavisky"
1976:
First stage revue based on his work, "Side by Side by Sondheim"
1976:
Wrote song "I Never Do Anything Twice/The Madam's Song" for the Herbert Ross-directed film "The Seven Per Cent Solution"
1977:
Wrote new songs for the Harold Prince directed film adaption of the Tony-winning musical, "A Little Night Music"
1979:
Wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical, "Sweeney Todd"; final collaboration with book writer Hugh Wheeler
1981:
Last collaboration to date with Prince, "Merrily We Roll Along"
1981:
Contributed to the score of Warren Beatty's "Reds"
1981:
Stage revue, "Marry Me a Little"; included songs cut from various productions; show assembled by Craig Lucas
1982:
First TV adaption of one of his musicals, "Sweeney Todd"; aired on The Entertainment Channel; later rebroadcast on PBS
1984:
First collaboration with James Lapine, "Sunday in the Park With George"; received Pulitzer Prize in Drama
1985:
An all-star concert version of "Follies" was performed at Lincoln Center; filmed for broadcast on PBS
1986:
"Sunday in the Park With George" broadcast on PBS with the original cast
1987:
A revised version of "Follies" opened in London's West End with Diana Rigg, Julia McKenzie and Daniel Massey
1987:
Second collaboration with Lapine, "Into the Woods"
1990:
Provided the song score for Warren Beatty's feature "Dick Tracy"; won Oscar for song "Sooner or Later"
1990:
The City Opera production of "A Little Night Music" aired on PBS' "Live From Lincoln Center"
1990:
Appointed first visiting professor of drama and musical theater at Oxford University
1990:
The controversial musical "Assassins" opened; main characters were all successful or would-be presidental assassins
1992:
Second stage revue of Sondheim work, "Putting It Together"; show marked the return to the stage of Julie Andrews
1992:
Was subject of tribute, "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall"; filmed for TV and aired in 1993 on PBS
1994:
Third collaboration with James Lapine, "Passion"; based on Ettore Scola's 1981 film "Passione d'amore"
1995:
Made debut as playwright, co-authoring "Getting Away With Murder" with George Furth
1996:
Wrote several songs for Mike Nichols' feature "The Bird Cage"; most songs not used in the final cut
1998:
Yet another revised version of "Follies" staged at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey
1999:
Revised version of Off-Broadway revue "Putting It Together" starring Carol Burnett opened in L.A.; production re-staged (with some cast changes) on Broadway
1999:
Workshop version of "Wise Guys" staged; directed by Sam Mendes; never transfer to Broadway
2000:
Off-Broadway premiere of "Saturday Night" at the Second Stage Theatre
2001:
First Broadway revival of "Follies" produced under auspices of Roundabout Theater
2001:
The Kennedy Center devoted entire season to works
2002:
Broadway revival of "Into the Woods"
2004:
Tony award winning Broadway revival of Sondheim's "Assassins"
2008:
Broadway revival of "Sunday in the Park with George"
2010:
Earned two Grammy nominations for Best Musical Show Album as the lyricist for "A Little Night Music" and "Sondheim On Sondheim"

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