The West End might be closed for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it. And as fate would have it, two of the biggest legends of Theatreland share the same date of birth.
As we celebrate the birthdays of not one, but two icons of musical theatre this weekend, we decided to test your knowledge of their legendary music and lyrical contributions featured in some of their most famous musicals, shows and plays.
Once praised for “reinventing the American musical”, composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will turn 90 on Sunday 22 March 2020.
His creations are often known for exploring the darker side of human nature and relationships, and productions include West Side Story, Company, Sweeney Todd, Follies, and Sunday In The Park With George, which over the years have won him plenty of accolades. Honours include eight Tony Awards – more than any other composer, including a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition, Sondheim’s bagged an Academy Award, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award, and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom amongst others.
English composer and theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber will turn 72-years-old this Sunday.
His globally known productions include Cats, The Phantom Of The Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and School of Rock, many of which also have a film adaption.
He has also, unsurprisingly, received a huge number of awards throughout his almost six-decade career, including a knighthood in 1992, six Tonys, three Grammys, fourteen Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe, plus he was part of the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors.
Think you know their songs? We’re challenging fans of both Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber to take the quiz below and find how well you know the iconic music and lyrics written by these two titans of West End. Make sure you share your result with us when you’re done!
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