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 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   RobinEsterhammer   (Member)

The man who wrote the lyrics to WEST SIDE STORY died at the age of 91.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   RobinEsterhammer   (Member)

Here is the obituary at the NY Times: <https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/26/theater/stephen-sondheim-dead.html>

What a loss!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 4:23 PM   
 By:   lacoq   (Member)

The man who wrote the lyrics to WEST SIDE STORY died at the age of 91.


And a hell of a lot more !!!

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

A true legend.

And that's the way to go – Thanksgiving dinner with friends, then die suddenly the next day at 91.

With a couple of exceptions, not a film composer (at least not of the type we celebrate here), but every human should know his work.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   notkafkaesque   (Member)

A true legend.

And that's the way to go – Thanksgiving dinner with friends, then die suddenly the next day at 91.

With a couple of exceptions, not a film composer (at least not of the type we celebrate here), but every human should know his work.


So much to choose from, but I will start modestly with Kritzerland's Evening Primrose and remember ... (By the way, I see it is still available).

NK

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 7:02 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

The man who wrote the lyrics to WEST SIDE STORY died at the age of 91.

Wonder if there's time to add a dedication to Spielberg's remake...

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

My introduction to Sondheim was through 'Barbara Streisand on Broadway' Album. He was a musical genius and a towering figure in American music history. RIP.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 8:15 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

West Side Story was my first exposure to Sondheim in general and I have to say I like some of the more popular stuff he’s done like Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods (I still need to give some of his other musicals a look). Only last month, I listened to the original cast album of Sweeney Todd, which my sister absolutely adores. Really shocked to hear about his passing. R.I.P.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 9:40 PM   
 By:   Replicant006   (Member)

A giant in the music industry. Imagine one of your credits being having written the lyrics to West Side Story. Sad to hear of his passing.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 9:48 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Good Night Sweet Prince!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   Joe Caps   (Member)

my first foradway shos were in October 1959. the final weeks of West Side Story and the opening of Gypsy. I then saw every one of sondheims new productions on broadway.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   RobinEsterhammer   (Member)

The man who wrote the lyrics to WEST SIDE STORY died at the age of 91.


And a hell of a lot more !!!


Of course. He wrote so much more. My favorites being Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. The reason I mentioned West Side Story was that it was timely with Spielberg's remake (which I think is a totally unnecessary film) coming up.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

The man who wrote the lyrics to WEST SIDE STORY died at the age of 91.


And a hell of a lot more !!!


Of course. He wrote so much more. My favorites being Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. The reason I mentioned West Side Story was that it was timely with Spielberg's remake (which I think is a totally unnecessary film) coming up.


You do know that there people who thought the previous film version was unneeded...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Isn't it time this double posting problem was solved?

 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   Viscount Bark   (Member)

I didn't discover this news until this morning. Damn, I had just been re-listening to all of his cast albums the past couple of months. And had been intrigued by a new stage musical project (Square One) that he was working on.

It was his music that got me interested in musicals back in 1987; I retain that cast album collecting as a hobby to this day.

91 years old and, until today, a living link to the days of his mentor Oscar Hammerstein II - Sondheim's passing also marks the death of Golden Age Broadway.

 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I don't think the remake is unnecessary. Sondheim himself said he was very impressed with it. He also said the original wasn't a particularly good film as it looked like an elaborate stage set on screen, rather than a "real" film. So we'll see soon enough if he is right.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

I adore the original Robert Wise film. And I'm keeping an open mind until I see Spielberg's take on it. But...since WSS is in many ways a dance musical, I'm apprehensive that they apparently ditched Jerome Robbins' original choreography, which in my view was as important to the plot as the music and lyrics. We'll see...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

my first foradway shos were in October 1959. the final weeks of West Side Story and the opening of Gypsy. I then saw every one of sondheims new productions on broadway.

Upon hearing the news these were the first 2 things that came to mind. Then A Little Night Music. Never got into his patter stuff. No way. But oh, just seeing & hearing "All I Need is the Girl" in the mind's eye & ear at this moment...aces.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   RobinEsterhammer   (Member)

I adore the original Robert Wise film. And I'm keeping an open mind until I see Spielberg's take on it. But...since WSS is in many ways a dance musical, I'm apprehensive that they apparently ditched Jerome Robbins' original choreography, which in my view was as important to the plot as the music and lyrics. We'll see...

Yes, the Robert Wise film is just brilliant. I have to agree. And I can see how Sondheim considered it a filmed stage musical, as it was mostly shot on a stage, but that's just how they made movies back then. 60 years later it still holds up imho.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Precisely. It worked!

 
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