Chicago area's musical theater scene played a key role in developing the work of late Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim

 Stephen Sondheim
Late musical composer and writer Stephen Sondheim Photo credit Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago area helped boost a musical theater legend.

Local theaters played an important part in the development of two musicals written by the late Stephen Sondheim, who died Friday at the age of 91.

The Daily Herald reports the world premiere of "Bounce" took place at the Goodman Theater in 2003. Before that, the Pegasus Players in Chicago helped revive Sondheim's unproduced 1950's musical "Saturday Night".

Other notable musicals written partially or fully by Sondheim include "West Side Story," "Sweeney Todd," "Company" and "Pacific Overtures."

The Ravinia Festival in Highland Park also produced summer concert stagings of three Sondheim musicals in the 2000's.