THE SCREENING ROOM: Happy Birthday, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber (Video)

By Playbill Staff
March 22, 2013

Tony Award-winning composers and musical theatre legends Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber share a wealth of common ground: Both have written long-running Broadway sensations, taken home multiple Tony Awards and even share the same birthday.



In celebration of their March 22 shared birthday, we honor Sondheim, who turns 83, and Lloyd Webber, who turns 65, with a look back at their careers in music and theatre.

Sondheim, who won Original Score Tony Awards for his work on Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Passion — not to mention a Tony for Lifetime Acheivement in 2008 — was represented on Broadway last season with the critically acclaimed revival of Follies. His Tony-winning Into the Woods was also seen last summer in a Shakespeare in the Park production at the Delacorte Theater. His Passion currently plays Off-Broadway. 

Lloyd Webber, who won Original Score Tony Awards for his work on Evita, Cats and Sunset Boulevard, is represented on Broadway with the long-running The Phantom of the Opera, which celebrated its 25th anniversary Jan. 26. Read the Playbill.com feature story about the star-studded evening.  

Happy birthday, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber!

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Sondheim receives his first Tony Award in 1971 for Company.

Here are the Tony Awards performances from Lloyd Webber's Tony-winning musicals. First up is Sunset Boulevard:

The Phantom of the Opera:

Evita:

Cats:

Sondheim gives a master class, teaching "My Friends" from Sweeney Todd.

In an early interview with Lloyd Webber, the composer talks about his personal attachment to the Phantom tunes, which were written for his second wife Sarah Brightman, who originated the role of Christine. Here's Part One:

Here's Part Two:

In a half-hour interview with composing legend Sondheim, he talks about his start in music and his multiple award-winning musicals.

Lloyd Webber accompanied Love Never Dies leading lady Sierra Boggess for the title song of his Phantom of the Opera sequel.

The Stephen Sondheim Theatre, recent home of Anything Goes, was unveiled in September 2010. Nathan Lane, Roundabout creatives, Patti LuPone and Sondheim himself spoke at the renaming ceremony.

Lloyd Webber sat down with Piers Morgan on CNN and talked about Jesus Christ Superstar. He discussed the musical’s origins as well as the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production, which transferred to La Jolla and played on Broadway.

Watch highlights from Sondheim's Follies, which played on Broadway last season at the Marquis Theatre (and later became the home of Lloyd Webber's Evita!). Here's Part One:

Here's Part Two:

Watch highlights from Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, which played last season at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre.

Watch highlights from Sondheim's Into the Woods, seen in Central Park last summer. Here's Part One:

Here's Part Two:

Playbill Video got a glimpse of the backstage action at Phantom of the Opera's 25th Anniversary. Here's Part One:

Here's Part Two:

Watch highlights from Sondheim's Passion:

In a tribute to producer Cameron Mackintosh, Lloyd Webber and Sondheim united for a duet—parodies of their own "Music of the Night" from Lloyd Webber's Phantom and "Send in the Clowns" from Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Two theatre gods on one piano – brilliant! Happy birthday, boys!