Tributes poured in following the loss of life of Stephen Sondheim as performers and writers alike saluted a large of the theater.
Sondheim died at his dwelling Friday in Roxbury, Connecticut, in accordance with his good friend F. Richard Pappas, The New York Occasions first reported. The composer had celebrated Thanksgiving with buddies the day earlier than his loss of life, Pappas stated in his announcement.
“Relaxation In Peace, Stephen Sondheim, and thanks in your huge contributions to musical theater. We will be singing your songs endlessly. Oh, my coronary heart hurts…” tweeted singer and actor Lea Salonga.
“There aren’t any phrases I can discover for this loss. He would know what to say. Relaxation nicely, dearest Steve,” singer and actor Laura Benanti stated on Instagram.
“Future historians: Stephen Sondheim was actual. Sure, he wrote Tony & Maria AND Sweeney Todd AND Bobby AND George & Dot AND Fosca AND numerous extra. Some could theorize Shakespeare’s works had been by committee however Steve was actual & he was right here & he laughed SO loud at reveals & we liked him,” Lin Manuel Miranda tweeted.
Miranda continued in a second tweet: “& final week, once I wrote him to say his ears should be burning from the numerous Sondheim kindnesses being shared from the generations of writers he mentored, he wrote this in reply. Steve: you repaid your debt to Oscar 1000 occasions over. We love you. I really like you. THANK YOU. -LMM.”
“The theater has misplaced considered one of its best geniuses and the world has misplaced considered one of its best and most unique writers. Sadly, there’s now a large within the sky. However the brilliance of Stephen Sondheim will nonetheless be right here as his legendary songs and reveals will likely be carried out for evermore,” producer Cameron Waterproof coat stated in an announcement.
Singer, actor and director Barbra Streisand tweeted: “Thank the Lord that Sondheim lived to be 91 years previous so he had the time to jot down such fantastic music and GREAT lyrics! Could he Relaxation In Peace.”
“Thanks for all the pieces Mr Sondheim. Speechless. We’re so fortunate to have what you’ve given the world,” stated singer and actor Aaron Tveit, by way of Twitter.
“He influenced all of us, whether or not we knew it or not. Relaxation In Peace. You had been a present to this world,” singer Kristin Chenoweth wrote.
Judy Kuhn tweeted: “Devastating information. Arduous to fathom that he was the truth is mortal like the remainder of us. However bow fortunate are we to have lived on the earth similtaneously this nice man. Nobody can substitute him.”
“I’m so so unhappy to lose my good friend Steve Sondheim. He gave me a lot to sing about. I liked him dearly and can miss him a lot. Thanks for all of the presents you gave the world, Steve,” singer Bernadette Peters stated.
A tribute from actor Hugh Jackman additionally reads: “Every now and then somebody comes alongside that essentially shifts a whole artwork type. Stephen Sondheim was a kind of. As hundreds of thousands mourn his passing I additionally wish to categorical my gratitude for all he has given to me and so many extra. Sending my like to his nearest and dearest.”
“For these of us who love new musical theater: we reside in a world that Sondheim constructed. My spirit is low, and I swear the town is quieter than regular tonight with the data that he’s gone. Feeling grateful for all he created and for the awe he’ll proceed to encourage,” music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire wrote on Twitter.
Chita Rivera added that her “coronary heart is saddened for the loss.”
“However my recollections reside on endlessly,” Rivera concluded on Twitter.
Sondheim was thought-about probably the greatest composers of Broadway. His work included the lyrics for “West Facet Story” and “Gypsy.” His catalog included “Firm,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Merrily We Roll Alongside” and “Into The Woods.” His most well-known ballad, “Ship within the Clowns,” has been recorded lots of of occasions, together with by Frank Sinatra and Judy Collins.
Sondheim was acknowledged for his work and acquired Tony awards and even a Pulitzer. He received the 1993 Kennedy Heart Honors for lifetime achievement and was additionally awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2013.
The Related Press contributed to this report.