Stephen Sondheim passed away on November 26. The music Industry was quite saddened at the news, and almost everyone mourned his death. Though the reason for his death is told to be natural, the composer’s demise at 91 was quite depressing to his fans. The composer-lyricist had managed to change the course of the American musicals. He had managed to bring in the modernist aspect of the musical while still keeping it traditional. In this article, we will be finding out how much is Stephen Sondheim net worth? How rich was the composer-lyricist?
He debuted in 1957 in the musical “West Side Story”. He had written the lyrics of the musical. In the same year, he also wrote the lyrics of another musical named “Gypsy”. However, he got his fame a decade later of working in the Industry. Musicals like “Into the Woods” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” are his most famous works. He had also won quite a several titles and awards. He is an eight times Tony award winner. He has also won the Grammy’s eight times. No doubt that he got the “Lifetime Achievement” Tony in 2008.
Stephen Sondheim Net Worth
Sondheim had been active in the Industry since 1957, even in his last interview, he had revealed that he was working on a project named “Square One”. Working for so many decades, Stephen Sondheim net worth is near about $20 million. However, not all his works had given him equal fame. His first work was not that recognized at first. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” gave him six Tony awards, yet the very next work did not do that well on Broadway. One such work, that Sondheim regretted was the “Anyone Can Whistle”. Not only did he not like his work on that project, but several other factors had stopped the musical from being liked by the audience.
His last released work would be in 2014 when he had provided a song for the film adaptation of his musical “Into the Woods”. In 2006, he had already said in an interview that he might not keep on churning as many pieces as he used to. The last work that he had been working on was named “Square One”. Reportedly, Sondheim had been working on this musical since 2012. There were a lot of speculations about the work, as he was collaborating with many new artists like David Ives, Sierra Boggess, and others. However, even in his last interview, he had confessed that it was still a work in progress.
Stephen Sondheim’s Husband
You might be surprised to know how late Sondheim had got into a relationship. He could not reveal his sexuality as a homosexual back when he entered the Industry. However, he came out when he was 61. It was during this time that he had his first partner named Peter Jones. He was most probably a dramatist. They were together till 1998. After the relationship ended after eight years, Sondheim had soon found his second love. Jeff Romley was a Broadway actor and is 50 years younger than the composer. The couple got married in 2017 when it got legal for the same sex to marry each other. Last it was reported that both of them were staying in Connecticut.
The Drooping Eye
Another thing that worried the fans was Sondheim’s eye. During the later years, everyone started noticing that the composer’s one eyelid drooped a lot. When asked about the reason, Sondheim had said that when he was a teenager, he required glasses. However, he did not wear them. When he became 25, he could not even see the film credits on the screen. Finally, he got his contacts. When he started to age, his right eye’s power became extremely strong, and the left eye extremely weak. This, in turn, caused one of his eyelids to droop that heavily. Some of the people were afraid that he might become blind. However, he was not blind even in 91.