Stephen Sondheim, one of the last giants of the American musical theater to work in a style not influenced by rock and roll, was born in New York City on March 22, 1930. Sondheim and the work he created helped revolutionize the Broadway musical in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. His big break came when he was chosen to write the lyrics for a new show called West Side Story, which would run for 732 performances in its original production on Broadway. Next came another assignment as lyricist on Gypsy before finally getting the chance to launch a show for which he wrote both words and music, the comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. In The 1970’s and 80’s, Sondheim wrote Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods. Sondheim has also wrote film music, contributing “Goodbye for Now” to Warren Beatty’s 1981 Reds. He wrote five songs for 1990’s Dick Tracy, including “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)” by Madonna, which won the Academy Award for Best Song. Find Stephen Sondheim at the library, in hoopla and on Freegal.
On March 22, 1947, James Patterson, one of the world’s top-selling novelists, was born in Newburgh, NY. Best known for his thrillers, Patterson, the creator of the Alex Cross detective series and the Women’s Murder Club series, among others, has written books in a variety of genres, from historical fiction to young adult. His novels have sold an estimated 300 million copies around the world.and he holds the Guinness World Records for being the first person to sell 1 million e-books. Find James Patterson at the library, on hoopla, and on OverDrive.