The untold truth about Stephen Sondheim’s husband, Jeff Romley

April 18, 2024
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Who is Jeff Romley?

Jeff is an American stage actor, producer and singer, who has worked on such plays as “Hairspray” and “The Producers”, among others, but is perhaps best known as the husband of Hollywood’s late great composer Stephen Sondheim.

Jeff Romley Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Jeffrey Scott Romley was born in 1980, in New York City, USA; Jeff is very secretive when it comes to his family, and as a result, there is no information about his parents, such as their names and vocation, and he also hasn’t shared whether he has any siblings or not.

According to sources, Romley attended James Madison University in Virginia, from which he obtained a degree in business administration. Furthermore, he studied acting, but there is no information in which university.


There isn’t much information about Jeff that involves his career. According to sources, he was a theater talent rep of the William Morris Agency, but he’s worked on a number of Broadway projects as a producer. Some of the titles include “Sweeney Todd”, “Hairspray”, “Porgy and Bess”, and “The Producers”, among others.

Unfortunately, there are no other details about Jeff Romley and his career.


Jeff Romley and Steven Sondheim Relationship Timeline

Jeff soared to the stars when his and Sondheim’s romance became public knowledge. According to sources, the two met while working together in the theater. In 2017 they married, and the romance between them became public knowledge—the couple split their time living between Manhattan and Roxbury, Connecticut.

The age gap between them, which is 50 years, wasn’t a problem at all for the two, though the media made a huge buzz about it. Nevertheless, the duo was going strongly until Sondheim’s death on 26 November 2021, at the age of 91 years. The official report identified that he died of cardiovascular disease at his home in Roxbury, and Jeff was by his side throughout.

Following his death, Jeff inherited a small portion of his vast estate, while some of the other beneficiaries are the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institute among others.

Net Worth

According to sources, Jeff Romley’s wealth is estimated at $1.5 million as of late 2022.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Jeff Romley has black hair and blue/green eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 8ins (1.73m), weighs approximately 165lbs (75kgs), and his vital statistics are 38-34-15.


Jeff Romley’s Husband, Steven Sondheim – Short Bio

Stephen Joshua Sondheim was born on 22 March 1930, in New York City, USA, the son of Herbert Sondheim and Etta Janet. He was a loner while growing up, marred by his parents’ early divorce. He went to Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and from 1942 to 1947 he attended George School; during this time, he wrote his first musical, “By George”. After high school, he enrolled at Williams College, and received the Hubbard Hutchinson Prize, a two-year fellowship to study music.

He had a great connection with Oscar Hammerstein II, who mentored him into creating musicals.

One of Hollywood’s greatest lyricists and composers got his start in the mid- ’50s with the musical “Saturday Night”, based on the book by Julius J. Epstein – Stephen wrote both music and lyrics.

Before the ’50s ended, he had two other major works, “West Side Story” (1957) based on Arthur Laurents’ work, and music written by Leonard Bernstein, while he wrote the lyrics, and “Gypsy”, another collaboration with Arthur Laurents, while Jule Styne wrote the lyrics.

In 1962 he wrote the music and lyrics for the musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, while in 1964, he was behind the musical “Anyone Can Whistle”.


“Do I hear a Waltz” was first performed in 1965, followed by “Evening Primrose”. He was pretty busy during the ’70s, creating such successful musicals as “Company”, “Follies”, “The Frogs”, “Pacific Overtures”, and “Sweeney Todd”.

His career then began to slow down, and from the ’80s onwards, he had only a handful of major works, which included “Merrily We Roll Along” (1981), “Sunday in the Park with George” (1984), then “Passion” (1994), and “Road Show” (2008).

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Stephen won eight Tony awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar, and was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work.

He has written music for films, and one of his most notable works was five songs for the film “Dick Tracy”, which included the “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)” performed by Madonna, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, then “Reds” (1981), “The Birdcage”, and “Into the Woods”, among numerous other film scores and individual songs used for the film soundtrack.

Stephen authored a two-part biography, “Finishing the Hat” (2010) and “Look, I Made a Hat” (2011).


He kept his sexuality a secret through the first half of his life. He came out as gay only when 40 years old, and later said that he hadn’t been in love before he turned 60, at which time he started a romance with dramatist Peter Jones. However, they broke up, and he soon met Jeff Romley.

According to sources, Stephen Sondheim’s wealth was estimated at $20 million. at the time of his death.

Martha Clifford

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