Sondheim, Lloyd Webber to Team on Next James Bond Theme Song?
The New York Post's Michael Riedel reports that music legends Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber would "like to take a stab" at writing a song together, with Sondheim taking on the lyrics and Lloyd Webber writing the tune.
At a recent reception for "The Phantom of the Opera" stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess, Reidel approached Lloyd Webber about the idea of teaming up with Sondheim on the next theme song for Sam Mendes' upcoming James Bond installment. According to Reidel, "Lloyd Webber's eyes lit up" as he responded, "Suggest that."
So what do you think theater fans? Would you like to see this legendary duo join forces for the project?
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 13 musicals and has gained a number of honours, including a knighthood in 1992, followed by a peerage from Queen Elizabeth II for services to Music, seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, fourteen Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006.
Several of his songs have been widely recorded and were hits outside of their parent musicals, notably "The Music of the Night" fromThe Phantom of the Opera, "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar, "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" and "You Must Love Me" from Evita, "Any Dream Will Do" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and "Memory" from Cats.
Stephen Sondheim is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer) including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Laurence Olivier Award. His most famous works include (as composer and lyricist) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods. He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy.