Stephen Joshua Sondheim, an American composer, and lyricist was born on March 22, 1930, in Manhattan, New York City, the U.S. Described by many as introverted and solitary, Stephen was born to Etta Janet (1897–1992) and Herbert Sondheim (1895–1966). Stephen’s father manufactured dresses designed by his mother.
Stephen is considered one of the most important figures in 20th-century musical theater. Stephen received praises for having “reinvented the American musical” with shows that tackled “unexpected themes that range far beyond the [genre’s] traditional subjects” with “music and lyrics of unprecedented complexity and sophistication.
Stephen lived with dramatist Peter Jones for eight years in 1990 but did not come out as gay until he was 40. The composer married Jeffrey Scott Romley in 2017.
What did Sondheim die from?
Stephen died at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, on November 26, 2021, at the age of 91. The cause of his death has not been made available to the public.