A little birthday music

Poster from original production of West Side Story. New York:  Artcraft, 1958. Artcraft Poster Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Poster from original production of West Side Story. New York: Artcraft, 1958. Artcraft Poster Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

His work has been interpreted by everyone from Barbara Streisand to Tim Burton. Lyricist-composer Stephen Sondheim, one of the great voices in American musical theater, was born on March 22,  1930. In 2000, The Library of Congress honored him with a Living Legend award, complete with an all-star 70th birthday concert in the Coolidge Auditorium.  Sondheim turned eighty this week. Find out which stars of stage and screen paid tribute to Sondheim in the article A Little Night of Music from the Library of Congress Information Bulletin. View the on-line exhibition West Side Story: The Birth of a Classic.  See an excerpt of  “Something’s Coming” from “West Side Story” in American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

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