The publishing company, which signed Sondheim in 1992, will continue "publishing the majority of Sondheim's catalog of award-winning work, which spans more than 50 years, as well as his future compositions," according to an announcement.
In a statement, Dave Johnson, CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, said, "Stephen Sondheim is one of the greatest living composer-lyricists. Over the course of his fifty-year career, he has composed scores for some of the best loved musicals and has had a profound influence on the course of American theatre. We are honored to continue working with an artist of his caliber with such a legendary catalog of work."
Sean Patrick Flahaven, vice president of Theater and Standards Repertoire, added, "Warner/Chappell has its foundations in theatre music and Sondheim is at the pinnacle of the genre. No other composer-lyricist working in theatre can match Sondheim's variety, scope and consistency, and it's our privilege to work with him in bringing his music to ever wider audiences."
In the same statement, Sondheim said, "I am happy to continue my long-standing relationship with Warner/Chappell Music, and I look forward to an active and mutually rewarding future."
Stephen Sondheim, who penned the lyrics for Gypsy and West Side Story, is the award-winning composer-lyricist of A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Anyone Can Whistle, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins, Company and Passion, among others. His newest musical, Bounce, will be seen at the Public Theater this fall.