The greatest Broadway composer and lyricist of his generation, Stephen Sondheim is the true heir to such Broadway masters as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and Irving Berlin. After his first big break for West Side Story, Sondheim went on to revolutionize musical theater with intricate and emotionally complex works including A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods. UCLA Live presents this rare speaking engagement in celebration of the American master’s 80th birthday. UCLA Live at Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. Mon., Nov. 8, 8 p.m. $43-88 ($15 for UCLA students) (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.