At 75, Stephen Sondheim Looks Back... and Forward

Songs from Sondheim

Listen: "Pretty Women" (<i>Sweeney Todd</i>)

Listen: "Color and Light" (<i>Sunday in the Park with George</i>)

Listen: "Someone in a Tree" (<i>Pacific Overtures</i>)

More from Sondheim

Listen: What He Listens To

Listen: "I Work Better in the City..."

Listen: On Working with Director Hal Prince

Talking About Sondheim

Listen: Frank Rich: On 'Pacific Overtures'

Listen: Sheldon Harnick: On 'Saturday Night'

Listen: Angela Lansbury: On 'Anyone Can Whistle'

Listen: Frank Rich: Sondheim Beyond Broadway

Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim turns 75 on March 22. The living legend will be honored with a 12-hour performance of his works, Wall-to-Wall Sondheim, Saturday at New York's Symphony Space.

Stephen Sondheim

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He composed stage classics including Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Company and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; and he provided the lyrics for shows such as West Side Story and Gypsy.

After so many songs, numerous Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and an Oscar (for best original song, 1990's Dick Tracy), Sondheim might not be blamed for enjoying a quiet retirement. But he continues to work: Bounce was produced in Washington, D.C. in 2003. And an album of Sondheim singing his own music — recorded in the 1950s and '60s — is due out in May.

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