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His contribution to musical theatre is without doubt unmeasureable.
From those early days of writing for the likes of Ethel Herman and Angela Lansbury – the shy little Jewish boy from New York truly has influenced generations of actors and audiences.
The west-end is rarely without a Stephen Sondheim musical – Imelda Staunton is currently starring in Gypsy – which is still winning awards almost sixty years after it was written.
Sondheim was 85 earlier this year and remarkably he’s still going strong – currently working on a collaboration with playwright David Ives.
This Sunday, a whole host of stars will take to the stage for a special gala performance, honouring the very best of Sondheim, with songs from Follies, Merrily We Roll Along, Pacific Overtures, Into the Woods and much more.
Thomas Magill has been given exclusive access to the rehearsal studio for BBC Radio 2 ahead of this one off gala performance and caught up with a handful of those taking part.