Top 10 songs of the Stephen Sondheim Career
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Stephen Sondheim was an American Composer and Lyricist. The Real name of Stephen Sondheim was Stephen Joshua Sondheim. He was the best musician of the 20th century in American. This is very difficult for us to select the Top 10 songs of the Stephen Sondheim Career because he is the best, so all of his songs are the best.
Here are the Top 10 songs of the Stephen Sondheim
1. West Side Story – lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
The original 1957 Broadway production, conceived, directed, and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Sondheim’s Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances before going on tour. The production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1958.
2. Anyone Can Whistle – lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Anyone Can Whistle is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents.
After multiple revisions, the show opened on Broadway on April 4, 1964, at the Majestic Theatre, where it closed after 9 performances and 12 previews, unable to overcome negative notices from major papers such as the New York Times and the New York Herald Tribune.
Scenic design was by William and Jean Eckart, costume design by Theoni V. Aldredge, and lighting design by Jules Fisher. Choreographer Herbert Ross received the show’s sole Tony Award nomination.
3. Evening Primrose (musical) – lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Evening Primrose is a musical film with a book by James Goldman and lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim. It is based on a John Collier short story published in the 1951 collection Fancies and Goodnights.
4. A Little Night Music – lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. Inspired by the 1955 Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives of several couples.
Its title is a literal English translation of the German name for Mozart’s Serenade No. 13, K. 525, Eine kleine Nachtmusik. The musical includes the popular song “Send In the Clowns”.
5. Pacific Overtures – lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Pacific Overtures is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by John Weidman.
Set in 19th-century Japan, it tells the story of the country’s westernization starting in 1853, when American ships forcibly opened it to the rest of the world. The story is told from the point of view of the Japanese and focuses in particular on the lives of two friends who are caught in the change.
6. Merrily We Roll Along (musical) – lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Merrily We Roll Along is a 1981 American musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by George Furth. It is based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.
7. Into the Woods – lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by James Lapine.
The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.
The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood” (spelled “riding hood” in the script), “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Rapunzel”, and “Cinderella”, as well as several others. The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family (the original beginning of the Grimm Brothers’ “Rapunzel”), their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey.
8. Assassins (musical)- lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Assassins is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by John Weidman, based on an original concept by Charles Gilbert Jr.
Using the framing device of an all-American, yet sinister, carnival game, the semi-revue portrays a group of historical figures who attempted (successfully or not) to assassinate Presidents of the United States and explore what their presence is American history says about the ideals of their life and country. The score is written to reflect both popular music of the various depicted eras and a broader tradition of “patriotic” American music.
9. Passion (musical) – lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Passion is a one-act musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine. The story was adapted from Ettore Scola’s 1981 film Passione d’Amore, and its source material, Iginio Ugo Tarchetti’s 1869 novel Fosca.
Central themes include love, sex, obsession, illness, passion, beauty, power and manipulation. Passion is notable for being one of the few projects that Stephen Sondheim himself conceived, along with Sweeney Todd and Road Show.
10. Road Show (musical) – lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Road Show (previously titled Bounce, and before that Wise Guys, and Gold!) is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by John Weidman.
It tells the story of Addison Mizner and his brother Wilson Mizner’s adventures across America from the beginning of the twentieth century during the Klondike gold rush to the Florida real estate boom of the 1920s. The musical takes considerable liberties with the facts of the brothers’ lives.