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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01: Composer Stephen Sondheim attends "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street" Opening Night party at City Bakery on March 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

Today is the legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim's 89th birthday, and if there's one thing more difficult than enduring 89 years on this planet, it's singing one of his songs.

Regarded by many as the greatest musical theatre composer of our time, Sondheim's songs are famously intricate, challenging singers and accompanists alike. Whether it's a ballad with a heart-wrenching emotional journey, or a fast-paced, lyrically challenging bop with a minefield of consonants, the same qualities that make Sondheim legendary are widely the same qualities that make his work intimidating to actors everywhere.

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