Stephen Sondheim to Receive New York Arts Honor

The 81-year-old composer’s musicals include “A Little Night Music” and “Sweeney Todd.”

Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim will be honored with New York’s most prestigious arts award, the Handel Medallion, on November 1.

Sondheim, 81, who has won more Tony Awards than any other composer, will receive the award at Alice Tully Hall.


Other honorees will include Mikhail Baryshnikov, arts advocate Alice Diamond, musician Jimmy Heath, artist Maya Lin and the Theater Development Fund.

A revival of Sondheim’s Follies is currently on Broadway until Jan. 22. His other musicals include A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd. Sondheim also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story.

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Sondheim has already won an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, multiple Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize during his long career.