By nature, the theater is fleeting, but thanks to the small screen, part of Stephen Sondheim’s genius has been captured forever. There have been television shows of Sunday at the Park with George, In the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Passion, and more; Tony wins and honors at the Tony Awards; anniversary concert celebrations; profiles of 60 minutes and other information programs; a Kennedy Center Honors party; and even a duet with fellow musical theater composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Watch some of these memorable and magical moments from Sondheim below. (Read the full obituary for Mr Sondheim, who died Nov. 26 at the age of 91 here.)
Stephen Sondheim wins his first two Tony Awards for Society in 1973
Richard Chamberlain and Bernadette Peters Duo on “Barcelona” from the PBS company ‘ Musical tonight in 1979
Beth Howland, Dorothy Loudon, Robert Guillaume and more pay tribute to Sondheim at the 1984 Tony Awards
Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters in “Sunday”, First Act Finale Sunday in the park with George, Aired on Showtime and PBS in 1986
Diane Sawyer presents Sondheim for 60 minutes in 1988
Joanna Gleason sings “Moments in the Woods” from the 1991 PBS show In the woods
Betty Buckley and the Harlem Boys Choir perform “Children Will Listen” in the years 1992 Sondheim: a celebration at Carnegie Hall
Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters and More greet Sondheim at the 1993 Kennedy Center Honors
Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber honor producer Cameron Mackintosh with new lyrics for “Send in the Clowns” and “Music of the Night” at years 1998 Hey, Mr. Producer!
Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris sing “Happiness” in the concert production of Passion, Aired on PBS in 2005
Patti LuPone, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, Donna Murphy, Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch perform in the 2010s Sondheim! The anniversary concert
Anika Noni Rose performs “Another Hundred People” from Sondheim’s 2011 concert version Society