On this date 100 years ago, the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. Four were given out: Herbert Bayard Swope of the New York World for reporting, the New York Tribune for editorial writing, J.J. Jusserand for history, and Laura E. Richards, Maude Howe Elliott and Florence Howe Hall for biography or autobiography.
The prizes, established under the will of Joseph Pulitzer (which also call for the establishment of Columbia’s journalism school), have gone to a wide variety of people over the past century. (I’m still waiting for one of my favorite people, John Deering, to get the nod for his cartoons.)
My most-loved Broadway composer, Stephen Sondheim, won (with James Lapine) in 1985 for Sunday in the Park with George, a musical about Georges Seurat and the painting of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Sondheim always has a bit of humor in even his darkest pieces, and makes you forget how complex the melodies and lyrics are. Just beautiful.
So for today, I share with you a few of my favorite numbers from the show. Enjoy! (And for one of the pieces I absolutely love from my all-time favorite Sondheim musical, go here.)