The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Stephen Sondheim

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22 Mar 2014

Legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who, with eight wins, has won more Tony Awards than any other composer, celebrates his birthday March 22. To mark the special day, the Playbill Vault highlights some of his many contributions to musical theatre.

Sondheim's earliest Broadway credits include lyrics for the classic musicals West Side Story and Gypsy. In 1962 he made his debut as both composer and lyricist with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a musical farce based on the plays of Plautus.

With a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart and directed by George Abbott, the production opened May 8, 1962, at the Alvin Theatre. Zero Mostel starred as Pseudolus, a role he would later reprise in the 1966 film version. The musical won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Mostel, and enjoyed a 964-performance run.

Read the A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Playbill here.


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