Stephen Sondheim Named Recipient of the 2018 St. Louis Literary Award

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The Pulitzer Prize winner is the first lyricist to receive the honor since the award was established in 1967.
Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim

Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has been named the recipient of the 2018 St. Louis Literary Award, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sondheim is the first lyricist to receive the honor in the history of the award, which is presented by the St. Louis University Library Associates. Sondheim joins a roster of recipients that includes Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, August Wilson, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Edward Albee, August Wilson, Tony Kushner, and James A. Michener.

St. Louis Muny Artistic Director and Executive Producer Mike Isaacson will interview Sondheim at the award ceremony. Details about the event will be announced at a later time.

“The selection committee believes that as a lyricist, Stephen Sondheim transformed the world of musical theater,” said Edward Scott Ibur, chair of the literary award selection committee and president of the St. Louis University Library Associates, in a statement. “As a writer, he created storylines with depth and extraordinary, fully realized characters, breaking free from the traditional mold of musical theater writing.”

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