Text Box: HARMONIE AUTOGRAPHS AND MUSIC INC.

MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN

Price: $500.00

MINT CONDITION

STEPHEN SONDHEIM - COMPOSER & LYRICIST
Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD
Text Box: P
Text Box: COMPOSER AUTOGRAPHS

Phone: 212-860-5541 

 

Autographed and inscribed 8” x 10” glossy photograph by the late “Bard of Broadway” April 4, 1984.  Amusingly he writes, For April’s friend whoever you may be…..

 

Sondheim (1930-2021) was the last Broadway lyricist with a direct connection to Oscar Hammerstein who was his mentor.  His significant career included work on a number of iconic Broadway shows, some of which were made into feature films, in one case, “West Side Story”, twice.  His work at its’ best was compelling theatre, the lyrics for “Gypsy”, his composition/lyrics works, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, “A Little Night Music”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Into the Woods” are those iconic shows.  His like will probably not be seen again.  The public outpouring of grief for a man of the theatre and 90 years at that in the days after Thanksgiving this year is unlike anything we have seen in our lifetime.

 

One note: Sondheim was fastidious about autographs.  He didn’t particularly like to sign them and when he did, it was usually to someone he knew, or someone who would send him a pithy letter.  He was known not to always respond to autograph requests.  Therefore, “April” must have been a very good friend, as he amusingly signed the photograph anyway, without knowing the name of the recipient.  However, this is in line with his tremendous dry wit.