Stephen Sondheim (1930–2021) Tribute List

November 29, 2021
Stephen Sondheim was one of the most influential composers and lyricists in American musical theater. His works include Follies, Sweeney Todd, Sundays in the Park with George, and Into the Woods. He won numerous accolades, including eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy awards, an Academy Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Sondheim mentored other composers, including Jonathan Larson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. He passed away on November 26, 2021, at the age of 91.
Something aesthetic
Something frenetic
Something for everyone:
A comedy tonight!
– "Comedy Tonight," A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
We’ve got a surefire
Lines down to broadway
Box office
Gargantuan —
– "It's a Hit," Merrily We Roll Along
If you want instead when you're dead
Some more public and more permanent expression
Of affection
You want a painter, poet, sculptor preferably
Marble, granite, bronze
That's durable forever
All it has to be is good
– "Sunday," Sundays in the Park with George
Don't be careful, don't be clever
When you see your wish, pursue
It's a dangerous endeavor
But the only thing to do
– "Ever After," Into the Woods
I feel stunning
And entrancing,
Feel like running and dancing for joy,
For I'm loved
By a pretty wonderful boy!
– "I Feel Pretty," West Side Story
Just when I stopped
Opening doors
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours
Making my entrance again with my usual flair
Sure of my lines
No one is there
– "Send in the Clowns," A Little Night Music
He kept a shop in London Town
Of fancy clients and good renown
And what if none of their souls were saved?
They went to their maker impeccably shaved
By Sweeney
By Sweeney Todd
The demon barber of Fleet street
– "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
A toast to that invincible bunch,
The dinosaurs surviving the crunch.
Let's hear it for the ladies who lunch
Everybody rise!
– "The Ladies Who Lunch," Company
Let me entertain you
Let me make you smile
Let me do a few tricks
Some old and then some new tricks
I'm very versatile
– "Let Me Entertain You," Gypsy
You take your road
The decades fly
The yearnings fade, the longings die
You learn to bid them all goodbye
And oh, the peace
The blessed peace
At last you come to know
– "The Road You Didn't Take," Follies

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