Loving Sondheim is not a choice. It’s who we are. And no matter what age he was turning on March 22, we could easily fill up a list of his best songs to match the number. But the musical maestro is turning 85, so we created our own very-opinionated list of the 85 greatest tunes that have come out of his brilliant mind (songs with collaborators were left off—sorry “Tonight” and “Rose’s Turn”!). What a tough task, but we focused on the songs that wow us with their lyrical genius, push the boundaries of the musical theater form or just make us want to curl up in a ball and cry. Here’s to many more birthdays and stunning scores, Steve!85. “Children Will Listen” from Into the WoodsCareful the spell you cast. / Not just on children. / Sometimes the spell may last / Past what you can see / And turn against you.84. “The Story of Lucy and Jessie” from FolliesLucy wants to be dressy. / Jessie wants to be juicy. / Lucy wants to be Jessie. / And Jessie, Lucy.83. “It Takes Two” from Into the WoodsWe’ve got three. / We need one. / It takes two.82. “Happiness” from PassionI didn’t know what love was / But now I do. / It’s what I feel with you. / The happiness I feel with you.81. “The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened” from Road ShowWho knew? / Who dreamed? / Beats me.80. “It’s Hot Up Here” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeThe outward show / Of bliss up here / Is disappearing dot by dot. / And it’s hot!79. “Someone in a Tree” from Pacific OverturesOnly cups of tea. / And history. / And someone in a tree.78. “The Little Things You Do Together” from CompanyIt’s the people that you hate together. / Bait together. / Date together. / That make marriage a joy.77. “Putting It Together” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeEvery time I start to feel defensive / I remember lasers are expensive.76. “More” from Dick TracyAnd if you like two / You might as well have four. / And if you like four / Why not a few? / Why not a slew? / More!75. “Agony” from Into the WoodsAlways ten steps behind. / Always ten feet below. / And she’s just out of reach.74. “Sunday in the Park with George” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeBut most of all / I love your painting. / I think I’m fainting.73. “The God-Why-Don’t-You-Love-Me Blues” from FolliesThe things that I want / I don’t seem to get. / The things that I get… / You know what I mean!72. “I Wish I Could Forget You” from PassionAnd though I cannot love you / I wish that I could love you.71. “Unworthy of Your Love” from AssassinsYou would be queen to me, not wife. / I would crawl belly deep through hell.70. “Liaisons” from A Little Night MusicLiaisons today. / Disgraceful! / What’s become of them? / Some of them / Hardly pay their shoddy way.69. “Last Midnight” from Into the WoodsI’m not good. / I’m not nice. / I’m just right. / I’m the Witch. / You’re the world.68. “The Glamorous Life” from A Little Night MusicOrdinary mothers needn’t meet committees. / But ordinary mothers don’t get keys to cities.67. “Kiss Me!” from Sweeney ToddKiss me! / Of course! / Quickly!66. “I Never Do Anything Twice” from The Seven-Per-Cent SolutionOnce is delicious. / But twice would be vicious. / Or just repetitious.65. “Barcelona” from CompanyWhere you going? / Barcelona! / So you said. / And Madrid. / Bon voyage. / On a Boeing.64. “Pretty Lady” from Pacific OverturesPretty lady with a flower. / Give a lonely sailor half an hour.63. “Sooner or Later” from Dick TracyWhen I get a yen / Then baby, Amen. / I’m counting to ten. / And then…62. “Beautiful” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeAll trees, all towers, beautiful. / That tower, beautiful mother. / See? / A perfect tree.61. “I Remember” from Evening PrimroseI remember sky. / It was blue as ink. / Or at least I think.60. “Children and Art” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeThe child is so sweet. / And the girls are so rapturous. / Isn’t it lovely how artists can capture us?59. “Another National Anthem” from AssassinsFor those who never win. / For the suckers. / For the pikers. / For the ones who might have been.58. “Every Day a Little Death” from A Little Night MusicEvery day a little sting. / Every day a little dies. / In the heart and in the head. / In the looks and in the lies.57. “Our Time” from Merrily We Roll AlongLong ago / All we had was that funny feeling. / Saying someday we’d send ’em reeling / Now it looks like we can.56. “Marry Me a Little” from CompanyOh, how softly we’ll tread. / All the stings, the ugly things / We’ll keep unsaid.55. “There Won’t Be Trumpets” from Anyone Can WhistleThere won’t be trumpets / But sure as shooting / You’ll know him when you see him!54. “My Friends” from Sweeney ToddTill now your shine / Was merely silver. / Friends, you shall drip rubies. / You’ll soon drip precoius rubies…53. “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” from CompanySo single and attentive and attractive a man / Is everything a person could wish. / But turning off a person is the act of a man / Who likes to pull the hooks out of fish.52. “On the Steps of the Palace” from Into the WoodsBetter stop and take stock / While you’re standing here stuck / On the steps of the palace!51. “Old Friends” from Merrily We Roll AlongOld friends do / Tend to become old habit. / Never knew / How much I missed you till now.50. “The Worst Pies in London” from Sweeney ToddThe worst pies in London. / Even that’s polite! / The worst pies in London. / If you doubt it, take a bite!49. “Now/Later/Soon” from A Little Night MusicRemoving her clothing / Would take me all day. / And her subsequent loathing / Would turn me away. / Which eliminates B. / And which leaves us with A.48. “Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumFrenzy and frolic. / Strictly symbolic. / Something for everyone. / A comedy tonight!47. “Merrily We Roll Along” from Merrily We Roll AlongMaking you feel merrily, merrily. / What can go wrong? / Rolling along.46. “Waiting for the Girls Upstairs” from FolliesLife was fun but oh, so intense. / Everything was possible and nothing made sense. / Back there when one of the major events / Was waiting for the girls…45. “No One is Alone” from Into the WoodsWitches can be right. / Giants can be good. / You decide what’s right. / You decide what’s good.44. “With So Little To Be Sure Of” from Anyone Can WhistleCrazy business this / This life we live in. / Can’t complain about / The time we’re given. / With so little to be sure of / In this world.43. “Pretty Women” from Sweeney ToddBlowing out their candles / Or combing out their hair. / Even when they leave / They still are there. / They’re there.42. “What Can You Lose” from Dick TracyOnce the words are spoken / Something may be broken. / Still, you love her. / What can you lose?41. “Everybody Says Don’t” from Anyone Can WhistleSometimes you have to start small. / Climbing the tiniest wall. / Maybe you’re going to fall / But it’s better than not starting at all.40. “No More” from Into the WoodsHave to take care. / Unless there’s a “where” / You’ll only be wandering blind. / Just more questions. / Different kind.39. “Epiphany” from Sweeney ToddDon’t we all deserve to die? / Even you, Mrs. Lovett. / Even I. / Because the lives of the wicked / Should be made brief. / For the rest of us / Death will be a relief.38. “Good Thing Going” from Merrily We Roll AlongIt could have kept on growing / Instead of just kept on. / We had a good thing going. / Going. / Gone.37. “Color and Light” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeDot Dot waiting to go. / Out out out. / No no no George. / Finish the hat. / Finish the hat. / Have to finish the hat first.36. “Broadway Baby” from FolliesA spark. / To pierce the dark. / From Battery Park / To Washington Heights.35. “Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney ToddDemons’ll charm you / With a smile. / For a while. / But in time / Nothing can harm you. / Not while I’m around.34. “The Miller’s Son” from A Little Night MusicIt’s a very short road / From the pinch and the punch / To the paunch and the pouch / And the pension.33. “Sorry/Grateful” from CompanyYou don’t live for her. / You do live with her. / You’re scared she’s starting / To drift away. / And scared she’ll stay.32. “Giants in the Sky” from Into the WoodsAnd she gives you food. / And she gives you rest. / And she draws you close / To her giant breast. / And you know things now / That you never knew before.31. “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” from Sweeney ToddSweeney pondered / And Sweeney planned. / Like a perfect machine / He planned. / Sweeney was smooth. / Sweeney was subtle. / Sweeney would blink / And rats would scuttle.30. “Franklin Shepard Inc.” from Merrily We Roll AlongVery sneaky how it happens. / Much more sneaky than you think. / Start with nothing but a song to sing / Next you’re Franklin Shepard.29. “Johanna” from Sweeney ToddI’ll steal you, Johanna. / I’ll steal you. / Do they think that walls could hide you? / Even now, I’m at your window.28. “I’m Still Here” from FolliesFirst you’re another slow-eyed vamp. / Then someone’s mother. / Then you’re camp.27. “Getting Married Today” from CompanyI telephoned my analyst about it / And he said to see him Monday / But by Monday I’ll be floating / In the Hudson with the other garbage.26. “Gun Song” from AssassinsWhy should you be blue / When you’ve your little finger? / Prove how just a little finger / Can change the world.25. “Your Fault” from Into the WoodsIt’s your father’s fault / That the curse got placed / And the place got cursed / In the first place!24. “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night MusicIsn’t it rich? / Isn’t it queer? / Losing my timing this late / In my career.23. “Not a Day Goes By” from Merrily We Roll AlongSo there’s hell to pay. / And until I die / I’ll die day after day. / After day / After day / After day / After day / After day…22. “Could I Leave You?” from FolliesPutting thoughts of you aside / In the south of France. / Would I think of suicide? / Darling, shall we dance?21. “We Do Not Belong Together” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeTell me that you’re hurt. / Tell me you’re relieved. / Tell me that you’re bored. / Anything. / But don’t assume I know.20. “Like It Was” from Merrily We Roll AlongThat’s what everyone does. / Blames the way it is / On the way it was. / On the way it never ever was.19. “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeStop worrying if your vision is new. / Let others make that decision. / They usually do. / You keep moving on.18. “Company” from Company”With love.” / “With love” filling the days. / “With love” seventy ways. / “To Bobby with love” / From all those / Good and crazy people, your friends!17. “Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeSunday. / By the blue, purple, yellow, red water. / On the green, purple, yellow, red grass. / Let us pass / Through our perfect park.16. “Too Many Mornings” from FolliesSally standing at the door. / Sally moving to the bed. / Sally resting in my arms. / With her head against my head.15. “The Ladies Who Lunch” from CompanyLook into their eyes / And you’ll see what they know. / Everybody dies!14. “Take Me to the World” from Evening PrimroseTake me to the world that’s real. / Show me how it’s done. / Teach me how to laugh, to feel. / Move me to the sun.13. “Anyone Can Whistle” from Anyone Can WhistleIt’s all so simple. / Relax, let go, let fly. / So someone tell me / Why can’t I?12. “A Weekend in the Country” from A Little Night MusicWhat a horrible plot! / A weekend in the country. / I’m excited! / No, you’re not.11. “Loving You” from PassionLoving you is not a choice. / It’s who I am. View Comments 10. “Losing My Mind” from FolliesYou said you loved me. / Or were you just being kind? / Or am I losing my mind?9. “Opening Doors” from Merrily We Roll AlongWe’re being evicted. / I’m having a breakdown. / We’ll all get together on Sunday!8. “Moments in the Woods” from Into the WoodsJust remembering you had an “and” / When you’re back to “or” / Makes the “or” mean more / Than it did before. 7. “A Little Priest” from Sweeney ToddHaven’t you got poet / Or something like that? / No, y’see the trouble with poet / Is ‘ow do you know it’s deceased? / Try the priest.6. “In Buddy’s Eyes” from FolliesI’m still the princess. / Still the prize. / In Buddy’s eyes.5. “Another Hundred People” from CompanyA city of strangers. / Some come to stare. / Some to stay.4. “Now You Know” from Merrily We Roll AlongYou should burn them every now and then / Or you’ll never grow.3. “The Ballad of Booth” from AssassinsLeave it to history to tell. / What I did, I did well. / And I did it for my country.2. “Being Alive” from CompanySomebody sit in my chair. / And ruin my sleep. / And make me aware / Of being alive.1. “Finishing the Hat” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeHow the kind of woman / Willing to wait’s / Not the kind that / You want to find waiting. / To return you to the light. / Dizzy from the height. / Coming from the hat.What do you think are Sondheim’s best songs?! 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Here is our team of the week from the impressive games.Goal Keeper: Stefano Sorrentino (Chievo)Stefano had a great game against the firepower of Napoli. He was able to keep a clean sheet with major saves in the match. He did help Chievo pick a point through some vital saves. Left Wing: HazardHazard was simply superb. He showed us what we have been missing owing to his injury problem at the start of the season. He was the most fouled player on the pitch and ensured nothing less than 3players were booked through him. He really did display a high level of confidence. Defensive Midfield: Ngolo KanteShould we say Kante’s absence due to an injury was the reason Chelsea dropped form? Kante’s coming back is more than a reinforcement for the London Club. He fought box to box, tackle hard, and won several balls that eased life for Fabregas. He helped his team obtain a maximum point against the Red Devils. Defensive Midfield: Fernandinho(Manchester city)Like his fellow premier league counterpart, Ngolo Kante, Fernandinho neutralizes the Arsenal Midfield. He won several balls and frustrated Ozil. He is the key to flexibility in the Ethihad side club. Other Notable Performance:kylian MbapeKelvin DE bruyneFabregasAlvaro Morata Centre Back: Mousa Niahkate (Lille)Mousa was very strong and was always available to cover up. He defended well and helped the team with an away victory and a clean sheet. Right Wing: Arjen RubbenArjen Robben became Bayern’s highest-scoring foreign player in the Bundesliga when his 93rd goal for the club finished-off of a lovely move to put Bayern ahead in a derby against their arch rival Burussia Dortmund. He displayed a fine form under their new guide heykens in a match that is expected to go either side especially. Holding Midfield: Paco Alcacer( Barcelona)He was the saviour of the day. Paco gave the Catalans maximum point with a brace to his name. In a match where 5-time world best, and Suarez where nowhere to be found. Point Man: Edison Cavani ( P. S. G)Another astonishing performance from Edison. We never knew there was no Neymar, Di Maria presence. He got a brace and evolved well with the team. Right Back: Walker (Manchester city)Walker neutralizes Alexis Sanchez and Ozil to make Arsenal left wing ineffective. He is always on the run with the ball and made some killer passes that were almost converted to goals. Walker inputs have helped Manchester City obtain a maximum point to extend their lead to 8point on the log. Defense:Left Back: David Alaba ( Bayern Munich)David defended well against the likes of Aubemayang and Dortmund firepower. He also recorded a goal to his name. Every time he moves with the ball, it always ends in a counter and always pressurizing the opposing team. Related Center Back: Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan)Romagnoli was so fantastic, defended well and scored a goal. He showed up bravely in a time the team needed it the most. His bravery and ability helped obtain an away victory which saved Montella his job as coach for the time being.
FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 file photo, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly leaves the pitch after receiving a red card from the referee during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Napoli, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Cristiano Ronaldo has come to the defense of Kalidou Koulibaly after the Napoli defender was the target of racist chants during a match at Inter Milan. Next to a photo of him being marked by Koulibaly during a match earlier this season, Ronaldo writes on Instagram, “In the world and in football there always needs to be education and respect. No to racism and to any sort of insult and discrimination!!!”. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)MILAN — Cristiano Ronaldo has come to the defense of Kalidou Koulibaly after the Napoli defender was the target of racist chants during a match at Inter Milan.Next to a photo of him being marked by Koulibaly during a match between Napoli and Juventus earlier this season, Ronaldo writes in Italian on Instagram , “In the world and in football there always needs to be education and respect. No to racism and to any sort of insult and discrimination!!!”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Derrick Rose returns to Chicago, leads Wolves over Bulls Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Koulibaly had monkey noises directed at him throughout the Serie A game on Wednesday at Milan’s San Siro stadium. He was sent off in the 81st minute after receiving two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first.Koulibaly earlier made a decisive goal-line clearance to deny Inter captain Mauro Icardi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAfter the game, Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti threatened to lead his team off the field the next time one of his players was subjected to continued racist abuse. Ancelotti asked several times for the match against Inter to be halted after the chants, and announcements warning fans this would happen were made but no further action was taken.Koulibaly posted on Twitter of his pride of being born in France to Senegalese parents . Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “I’m sorry about the defeat and especially to have left my brothers! But I am proud of the color of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man,” he wrote in Italian.Inter beat Napoli 1-0 as Serie A matches were held on Dec. 26 for the first time in nearly 50 years — since 1971.It was the latest incident of racism to blight Italian football.Sulley Muntari walked off the field during a Serie A game in April 2017 in response to racist abuse. The Pescara midfielder was infuriated after unsuccessfully trying to get the referee to halt the game at Cagliari.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award