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Stephen Sondheim on Lady Gaga's Sound of Music Medley: No, uh, Dear

Stephen Sondheim on Lady Gaga's Sound of Music Medley: No, uh, Dear

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Nearly everyone loved Lady Gaga'sSound of Music medley at the 87th Academy Awards. Sure Shonda Rhimes threw in her shady two cents, but noted national treasure Stephen Sondheim broke the bank on Gaga's "semi-operatic" "travesty"

"On the Academy Awards she was a travesty," Sondheim told The Sunday 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."

True, the Lady was no Julie Andrews, but who is? Hell, Julie Andrews really isn't Julie Andrews anymore, but even the original Maria had nothing but kind words for Gaga. Meanwhile, Sondheim's 36-year-old husband would "crawl a mile" to see the pop tart.

But Sondheim is Sondheim and he ran out of shits to give by the time he found humor en route to the Forum. This, after all, is the man who told Meryl Streep "don't fuck it up." As if Meryl Streep fucked anything up a day in her life.

For the record, the 84-year-old probably didn't think much better of Carrie Underwood's attempt to bring the hills alive, calling TV musicals like the recent Peter Pan Live! "so embarrassingly bad you have to sit and make fun of them or you're just wasting your time."

While he was in the mood for clearing the air, Sondheim also shot down the ages-old rumor that he has a basement sex dungeon.

If you go downstairs there's a washing machine and a boiler. There's one great thing down there and that's a cedar closet with all my original manuscripts in it.

Well, with such a sterling reputation for sadism, can you blame the rumor mill for churning that number out?

h/t: Playbill

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