Stephen Sondheim, titan of musical theater behind 'Sweeney Todd,' 'West Side Story,' dies at 91

Widely known in theater circles as the “God” of musicals, Stephen Sondheim reinvented the art form as we know it today.

From contributing lyrics to such groundbreaking works like “Gypsy and “West Side Story” to masterpieces like “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “A Little Night Music,” during his reign, Sondheim was an artist who was at the forefront of his craft.  

Born in New York City in 1930, Sondheim’s passion for musical theater was nurtured in his early years by another musical titan, Oscar Hammerstein II, who served as a teacher and father figure to him.

Sondheim made his Broadway debut in 1956,

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