Remembering musical theater master Stephen Sondheim through his best works

Published November 27, 2021, 12:03 PM

by John Legaspi

The renowned composer, lyricist, and overall creative force has died at age 91

“He influenced all of us, whether we knew it or not,” says Broadway star Kristin Chenowith as she pays tribute to the musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim, who sadly passed away on Nov. 26, 2021.

Stephen Sondheim

The news of his sudden demise shocked theater communities all over the world—a reflection of how he and his works have touched everyone’s hearts and the joy his music has given throughout the years. As former US President Barack Obama said when he bestowed the Medal of Freedom to Sondheim in 2015, “Stephen’s music is so beautiful, his lyrics so precise, that even as he exposes the imperfections of everyday life, he transcends them. We transcend them. Put simply, Stephen reinvented the American musical.”

As we bid farewell to the Broadway master, let’s celebrate his legacy by looking back, or listening to, some of his wonderful melodies and words that helped shape theater performances everywhere.

‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story (1957)

‘Losing My Mind’ from Follies (1971)

‘Send in the Clowns’ from A Little Night Music (1973)

‘My Friend’ from Sweeney Todd (1979)

‘Last Midnight’ from Into the Woods (1987)

Rest in power, Stephen Sondheim.