Stephen Sondheim





Stephen Sondheim


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in New York, New York, The United States
March 22, 1930

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Stephen Joshua Sondheim is an American musical and film composer and lyricist, winner of an Academy Award, multiple Tony Awards (seven, more than any other composer), multiple Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize. He has been described by Frank Rich in the The New York Times as "the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater." His most famous scores include (as composer/lyricist) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and Assassins, as well as the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy. He was president of the Dramatists Guild from 1973 to 1981.

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Into the Woods

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Sunday in the Park With George

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Company: A Musical Comedy

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“If I cannot fly, let me sing.”
Stephen Sondheim

“I prefer neurotic people. I like to hear rumblings beneath the surface.”
Stephen Sondheim

“Though it's fearful,
Though it's deep, though it's dark
And though you may lose the path,
Though you may encounter wolves,
You can't just act,
You have to listen.
you can't just act,
You have to think.
Though it's dark,
There are always wolves,
There are always spells,
There are always beans,
Or a giant dwells there.
So into the woods you go again,
You have to every now and then.
Into the woods, no telling when,
Be ready for the journey.
Into the woods, but not too fast
or what you wish, you lose at last.
Into the woods, but mind the past.
Into the woods, but mind the future.
Into the woods, but not to stray,
Or tempt the wolf, or steal from the giant--

The way is dark,
The light is dim,
But now there's you, me, her, and him.
The chances look small,
The choices look grim,
But everything you learn there
Will help when you return there.

The light is getting dimmer..

I think I see a glimmer--

Into the woods--you have to grope,
But that's the way you learn to cope.
Into the woods to find there's hope
Of getting through the journey.
Into the woods, each time you go,
There's more to learn of what you know.
Into the woods, but not too slow--
Into the woods, it's nearing midnight--
Into the woods to mind the wolf,
To heed the witch, to honor the giant,
To mind, to heed, to find, to think, to teach, to join, to go to the Festival!
Into the woods,
Into the woods,
Into the woods,
Then out of the woods--
And happy ever after!”
Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods

Polls

What is your favorite song from INTO THE WOODS (2012 movie)? Into the Woods (movie tie-in edition) by James Lapine Stephen SondheimStephen Sondheim

"Agony"
 
  7 votes, 29.2%

"Prologue"
 
  5 votes, 20.8%

"Your Fault"
 
  3 votes, 12.5%

"No One is Alone"
 
  2 votes, 8.3%

"It Takes Two"
 
  1 vote, 4.2%

"The Last Midnight"
 
  1 vote, 4.2%

"On the Steps of the Palace"
 
  1 vote, 4.2%

"Giants in the Sky"
 
  1 vote, 4.2%

"Moments in the Woods"
 
  1 vote, 4.2%

"Hello, Little Girl"
 
  1 vote, 4.2%

"Stay With Me"
 
  1 vote, 4.2%

"Children Will Listen"
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

"The Witch's Lament"
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

"I Know Things Now"
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

"Any Moment"
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

"Rapunzel's Song"
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

"Careful My Toe"
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

"Cinderella at the Grave"
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

"A Very Nice Prince"
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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