Sondheim to be honored at London's Olivier Awards

March 4, 2011 5:54:51 AM PST
Broadway master Stephen Sondheim will be receiving a special prize at Britain's Laurence Olivier Theater Awards. Organizers said Friday the 80-year-old composer and lyricist would accept the award in person during the March 13 ceremony at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Sondheim's work includes "Company," "A Little Night Music" and "Sweeney Todd."

Previous recipients of the special award include Alec Guinness, Judi Dench and Sam Mendes.

Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Love Never Dies" and Terence Rattigan revival "After the Dance" lead the nominations for Britain's equivalent of the Tonys.

Previously held as an industry dinner, the awards are relaunching this year as a glitzy stage show, with performances by West End stars, dance troupes and Barry Manilow.