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NH lifetime achievement award for Stephen Sondheim

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is being awarded one of the top honors in the arts world: the Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement.

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The award is being presented Sunday at the MacDowell Colony, the prestigious retreat for artists, writers and composers in Peterborough, N.H. This is the first time the medal has been awarded for achievement in musical theater. Past recipients include Robert Frost and Georgia O'Keefe.

In a statement when the award was announced, Sondheim called the medal a "sort of homecoming," noting that as a child he used to play compositions by Edward MacDowell, for whom the prize is named.

Sondheim has won more Tony Awards than any other composer. His hit musicals include "Follies," ''A Little Night Music" and "Sweeney Todd."

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Aug 11, 2013 8:19PM
Congratulations to Mr. Sondheim.  He is The Master of Musical Theatre!
Aug 11, 2013 5:09PM
In 10 years I've written 9 full musical stage-plays, 370 songs, all genres and can easily compete with Sondheim, as to originality, quality and beauty. I haven't had the money to properly record all of the music to make them easier to get produced and am writing 3 more at this time with many more to come. My latest, TWIST OF FATE, 30-song/dance 1865 Irish and Blacks in New Orleans and New York City, as the Irish Jig and the African Juba are combined to create the TAP-DANCE. .  The real story of these two societies during the Civil War. Percussion beyond belief.
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