This is a timeline of most of the theatrical works Sondheim took part in. The many reproductions and musicals that were "scrapped" are not included in this timeline.
This was Sondheim's first work. The first song he ever wrote, "I'll Meet You at the Donut," was included in this work.
This was one of two shows Sondheim wrote and produced while at Williams College. Co-written wtih Josiah T.S. Horton.
The second show preformed at Williams College.
Sondheim initally was not meant to write lyrics for this show, but after a series of auditions he was picked. He was going to turn it down because he wanted to compose music. But, he was urged by his father-figure Oscar Hammerstien to take the job, so he did. The initial show ran 732 shows and made a name for Stephen Sondheim's lyrics.
Again, Sondheim was asked to write lyrics, but gladly accepted the offer this time. Gypsy ran 702 performances.
This was the first show completely written by Sondheim that was preformed on Broadway. It won him many accolades including a Tony for Best Musical.
This was the first show that by Sondheim that would "flop" on Broadway. Many said it was too far ahead of its time for the audience to understand and enjoy.
As a favor to Oscar Hammerstien Sondheim wrote a musical with the renound Richard Rogers. The show suffered because of the team's lack of caring for it, but it was not a complete flop.
Company was the first of six shows that Hal Prince and Sondheim created together. This musical is about marriage, and the ironic part is that when it was written Sondheim had no experience with serious marital relationships, but it was still a hit.
This show was a collaboration with Hal Prince. Hal agreed to help Sondheim with Follies if he helped with a musical called Company.
This is a bedroom farce in which man fights over mistress and the wife runs away with the son. This comedy was a hit and was later recorded with Elizabeth Taylor.
Candide was a revival by Stephen and Hal. Hal did the non-musical revisions and Stephen did lyrics.
Yet another Sondheim and Prince collaboration. This show ran 193 times which was a vast difference from their other shows and in comparison it was a second-rate.
Sweeny Todd was a musical thriller about revenge, love, and death. The simplicity in the lyrics was one of the key parts of this show's success. (That is also the case with most of Sondheim's works.)
"Merrily" was the last show Prince and Sondheim did together. The irony of this event was that "Merrily" is about two co-playwrites working to make it on Broadway.
Sunday in the Park With George was awarded a Tony for best musical and even Sondheim, who does not pick favorites, said this show was very close to his heart. It was also the first of a few collaborations with James Lapine.
The point of Into the Woods was to show that sometimes what you wish is not really what you want, and what you do not want may be what you need. This was a collaberation with Lapine.
This was shown off-broadway in the 90's and was, to Sondheim, a "perfect" show. He said, "Everytime I see it I cannot think of a way to make it better."
Another collaboration with Lapine, this show was based off of a movie called "Passione d'Amore"