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Stephen Sondheim Slams Lady Gaga's Oscars 2015 'Sound of Music' Performance

Stephen Sondheim Slams Lady Gaga's Oscars 2015 'Sound of Music' Performance

Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, known for Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, and more, is slamming Lady Gaga‘s performance at the 2015 Oscars.

The 28-year-old entertainer sang a medley from The Sound of Music, and Stephen was less than impressed.

“On the Academy Awards she was a travesty,” Stephen, 84, told The Times. “It was ridiculous, as it would be from any singer who treats that music in semi-operatic style. She had no relationship to what she was singing. What people liked was her versatility.”

Watch Lady Gaga‘s Sound of Music Oscars performance here if you haven’t seen it yet, and take a look at photos from the performance below.

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  • AmICynical?

    All I hear is the grumbling of an old bitter man. It was an ode to a movie soundtrack by someone who is a pop artist. What’s the problem here? Was she auditioning for Puccini?

  • shane_c

    His problem is with the Sound of Music movie, not with Gaga. She just sang the way it was sung in the movie, as a tribute.

  • Guest

    Julie Andrews loved it. The End.

  • Consuela Banana Hammock

    So that performance was ridiculous just because Lady Gaga sings pop instead of opera?? Anyone has the right to express their opinion, but the problem with his is that is filled with prejudice.
    I thought it was the highlight of the night.

  • xxx.AIDS.xxx

    At last someone brave to speak truth about this trans

  • Heather

    That old queen needs to climb every mountain and get the fcuk over it!!!!

  • XM

    Finally someone who is speaking the truth !!

  • saad rock

    Evrybody loved it. The End.

  • Naynay

    the problem isn’t the fact that she sings pop the problem (according to him and I share that oppinion) is that a random singer can’t sing Opera, you have to have a certain technique and a certain kind of voice, why do people see hate everywhere these days, Gaga’s performance was good but it wasn’t the best choice for that song, like Beyonce wasn’t the best choice to sing “Precious Lord” because she doesn’t have the depth of an gospel singer that’s all JUST FACTS

  • Sarah-Julia Karbowniczek

    speak for yourself

  • Child, please.

    You really think Julie Andrews was gonna come out and say she disliked it? Of course she’s gonna say she loved it.

  • Child, please.

    How is he an old bitter man because he gave his opinion? If that’s the case, you sound like a pressed anonymous user of the internet.

  • suzybel

    Who is this guy and why does anyone care what he thinks?

  • AmICynical?

    A pressed anonymous user? First and foremost, you yourself are posting anonymously and that alone invalidates your attempt to insult. Pressed? Do you mean repressed? I mean really…read something that will augment your vocabulary and hopefully help you with your logic.
    As I mentioned in my original comment, Lady Gaga is a pop artist who sang a rendition of a few songs from a well known and loved musical. The point is not to imitate nor personally profit but to honor which I believe she did tastefully. To speak on the merits of the performance is hogwash and absolutely needless. This was done for free to honor the movie, the soundtrack and Julie Andrews. It would be equally ridiculous to critique Julie Andrews should she participate in a gala that honored operatic work of arts and sang one song that perhaps Maria Callas is well known for. Do you follow the logic?

  • Nada Nada Nada

    Couldn’t agree with you more!! There’s no doubt that Gaga can sing, and she sang alright. She just didn’t connect to the song nor have the depth to present it.

  • Nada Nada Nada

    A legend of Broadway musicals.

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