On This Day

Stephen Sondheim

Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim

Profession: Composer and Lyricist

United States of America

Why Famous: West Side Story, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Born: March 22, 1930
Birthplace: NYC, New York, USA
Age: 91 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Aries

Historical Events

  • 1957-09-26 Leornard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins' musical "West Side Story" premieres at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC
  • 1962-05-08 Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" starring Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford, and directed by George Abbott, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 965 performances, and wins 6 Tony Awards
  • 1964-04-11 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Anyone Can Whistle" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • 1964-08-29 Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Zero Mostel, and Jack Gilford, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 965 performances and 6 Tony Awards
  • 1970-04-26 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company", directed by Hal Prince, opens at Alvin Theater NYC; runs for 705 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards
  • 1971-04-04 Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 524 performances, then most expensive Broadway musical
  • 1972-07-01 Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 524 performances
  • 1973-02-25 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Little Night Music" premieres at Shubert Theatre in NYC (601 performances)
  • 1976-01-11 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Pacific Overtures" premieres in NYC
  • 1977-04-18 Musical revue "Side by Side by Sondheim" opens at Music Box, NYC for 390 performances
  • 1981-03-12 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Marry Me a Little," premieres in NYC
  • 1984-05-02 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sunday in the Park with George", a fictionalized version of painter Georges Seurat's relationship with his grandson, starring Mandy Patinkin, opens at Booth Theater, NYC; runs for 604 performances
  • 1987-11-05 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine's musical "Into the Stars," premieres
  • 1989-09-03 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Into the Woods" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 764 performances and 3 Tony Award wins
  • 1996-04-18 Revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Nathan Lane, opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances