Richard Rodriguez is the author of Hunger of Memory, Days of Obligation, Brown, and Darling.
The neutering of the Spanish tongue
Stephen Sondheim, that giant of musical theater, died on November 26. In our Autumn 2007 issue, Wendy Smith celebrated Sondheim’s already enormous legacy, spanning his 1957 Broadway debut (West Side Story) to gutsy later works like Assassins (1990). Sondheim remained a force in the Theater District despite its increasingly commercialized landscape, and “as long as musical theater exists,” Smith wrote, “his entire repertory will continue to be fruitfully restaged and reexamined.”