As a young man, Sondheim was mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II of Rodgers and Hammerstein, the team who revolutionized musicals starting with Oklahoma! (1943). Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote fully integrated songs that advanced the plot and revealed hidden depths in their characters. Sondheim built on their innovations by experimenting with subject matter and form: from his lyrics for Leonard Bernstein’s music for West Side Story (1957) and for Jule Styne’s songs in Gypsy (1959), to more than 50 years’ worth of scores that have pushed the boundaries and subject matter of musical theater in every conceivable direction. He is greatest lyricist of all time, without a doubt. Known for the startling complexity of his lyricism and music, his major works for the theater include A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To the Forum, Sweeney Todd, Sunday In The Park With George and Into The Woods.
You are here: / / #QueerQuote: “I can do a few tricks, some old and then some new tricks, I’m very versatile!”- Stephen Sondheim