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Stephen Sondheim

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Born: March 22, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Music ...


In a 1998 biogrpahy by Meryle Secrest, Sondheim openly discussed his homosexuality.

Sondheim received a 1996 National Medal of Freedom from the National Endowment for the Arts; he had declined the same honor in 1992 citing the climate of censorship and repression surrounding the NEA.

"I love to write in dark colors about gut feelings." --Stephen Sondheim in The New York Times Magazine, April 1, 1990.

"I like neurotic people. I like troubled people. Not that I don't like squared-away people, but I prefer neurotic people. What 'neurotic people' means to me is people with conflicts. And that's like saying I like to write about character. I don't like to write about oversimplified people unless it's for something like farce, like 'Forum'. Songs can't develop uncomplicated characters or unconflicted people. You can't just tell the sunny side and have a story with any richness to it. Good drama is the study of human passions." --Stephen Sondheim in The New York Times Magazine, April 1, 1990.

There is a magazine, The Sondheim Review, devoted to the works of the composer-lyricist.

There is an Internet website devoted to Sondheim at

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