Stephen Sondheim Calls Lady Gaga's Oscars Performance 'A Travesty'

03/17/2015 08:37 am ET | Updated Mar 17, 2015
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Not everyone was thrilled by Lady Gaga's "Sound of Music" tribute at the Oscars. Stephen Sondheim, the award-winning 84-year-old composer of shows like "Sweeney Todd" and "Into the Woods," slammed the pop star's performance in a recent interview with British newspaper The Times.

"On the Academy Awards she was a travesty," Sondheim said. "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."

Gaga's tribute was greeted with mostly positive reviews, the best coming from "Sound of Music" star Julie Andrews. "The minute I got home from the Oscars I called her," Andrews told ABC News after the ceremony. "She sang superbly and then so lovingly handed me the evening on a platter, if you know what I'm saying."

Can't please 'em all, Gaga.

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