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March 22

Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim was hailed as a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1993 and Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2006.

1930 and 1948: Two of a Kind
Stephen Sondheim is born in New York City;
Andrew Lloyd Webber is born in London, England
If you displayed the pages of music written by these two legendary Broadway composers who share a birthday, it would stretch around the block many times over—sort of like the crowds standing in line at their shows. Sondheim’s brought us Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, and Sunday in the Park with George, among others. He also wrote the breakthrough lyrics for West Side Story, which premiered in 1957 and marked his big break.

For his part, Lloyd Webber has no less musical theater credentials. In Cats and Phantom of the Opera, his songs “Memory” and “The Music of the Night,”  plus “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar, showcase Webber’s standard composing style, which melds together elements of rock, jazz, pop, and classical music.
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