Sondheim wrote his first words and lyrics combo to the 1962 farcical 1962 comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” which won a Tony Award for best musical and ran for more than two years.
Overall, he wrote music and the lyrics for a dozen Broadway shows, a list which doesn’t incude revues like “Side by Side by Sondheim,” “Putting It Together,” and the autobiographical “Sondheim on Sondheim.” Five of them won Tony Awards for best musical, and six won for best original score.
His “Sunday in the Park” took the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Sondheim’s show revivals were also successful. Three won Tonys, including “Assassins” in 2004, which started in Off Broadway.
Later, Sondheim received a 1993 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement, and in 2015 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. In 2008, he was granted a Tony Award for lifetime achievement, topped by the 2010 renaming of the Henry Miller Theater in his honor.
Sondheim also wrote music for films, including the score for “Stavisky,” a 1974 movie about a French financier and embezzler. His song “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)” for Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy” won an Academy Award in 1991. Six cast albums from his shows won Grammy Awards, and “Send In the Clowns” won the Grammy for song of the year in 1975.
Survivors include his husband, Jeffrey Romley, and a half brother, Walter Sondheim.