Hal Leonard Corporation has signed a new agreement to exclusively represent the stage and screen composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim as print music publisher on a world-wide basis, the company announced.

The deal grants Milwaukee-based Hal Leonard with print rights to more than ten Sondheim shows, including such classics as "Sweeney Todd,"" A Little Night Music," "Into the Woods" and "Sunday in the Park with George." Hal Leonard already had print rights to Sondheim's earlier musicals through existing agreements.

Sondheim, born 1930, is the winner of an Oscar, Grammy, Pulitzer Prize and more Tonys than any other composer - including a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, according to the press release of the deal.

Hal Leonard President Larry Morton and Sondheim representative John Breglio negotiated the worldwide deal.

Hal Leonard has proven "to be true innovators who can bring [Sondheim's] music to life not only in accurate and authorized editions, but in many new, never-before-explored formats to appeal to a wide variety of music makers and musical theatre fans," said Sondheim representative John Breglio in a statement.

Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, continues to administer the majority of Stephen Sondheim's catalog, as it has for the past 17 years.

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