Tributes poured in following the loss of life of Stephen Sondheim as performers and writers alike saluted a extensive of the theater.
Sondheim died at his house Friday in Roxbury, Connecticut, in line along with his buddy F. Richard Pappas, The Contemporary York Times first reported. The composer had well-known Thanksgiving with chums the day earlier than his loss of life, Pappas acknowledged in his announcement.
“Relaxation In Peace, Stephen Sondheim, and thank you for your expansive contributions to musical theater. We would possibly well perhaps be singing your songs forever. Oh, my coronary heart hurts…” tweeted singer and actor Lea Salonga.
“There are no phrases I’m capable of obtain for this loss. He would know what to verbalize. Relaxation nicely, dearest Steve,” singer and actor Laura Benanti acknowledged on Instagram.
“Future historians: Stephen Sondheim used to be steady. Yes, he wrote Tony & Maria AND Sweeney Todd AND Bobby AND George & Dot AND Fosca AND endless more. Some would possibly well perhaps theorize Shakespeare’s works were by committee but Steve used to be steady & he used to be here & he laughed SO loud at reveals & we loved him,” Lin Manuel Miranda tweeted.
Stephen Sondheim died at his house Friday in Roxbury, Connecticut, in line along with his buddy F. Richard Pappas.
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Miranda persevered in a second tweet: “& closing week, when I wrote him to verbalize his ears must be burning from the endless 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 treasure you. I truly reminiscent of you. THANK YOU. -LMM.”
“The theater has misplaced one of its very absolute best geniuses and the enviornment has misplaced one of its very absolute best and most uncommon writers. Sadly, there is now a extensive in the sky. Nonetheless the brilliance of Stephen Sondheim will tranquil be here as his legendary songs and reveals will be carried out for evermore,” producer Cameron Mackintosh acknowledged in a assertion.
Singer, actor and director Barbra Streisand tweeted: “Thank the Lord that Sondheim lived to be 91 years former so he had the time to write such wonderful song and GREAT lyrics! Also can he Relaxation In Peace.”
“Thanks for all the pieces Mr Sondheim. Speechless. We are so fortunate to maintain what you’ve given the enviornment,” acknowledged singer and actor Aaron Tveit, via Twitter.
“He influenced all of us, whether we knew it or no longer. Relaxation In Peace. You were a reward to this world,” singer Kristin Chenoweth wrote.
Judy Kuhn tweeted: “Devastating news. Exhausting to fathom that he used to be in point of fact mortal treasure the the leisure of us. Nonetheless bow fortunate are we to maintain lived on the earth at the the same time as this sizable man. No person can change him.”
“I am so so sad to lose my buddy Steve Sondheim. He gave me so unparalleled to impart about. I loved him dearly and must tranquil depart out him so unparalleled. Thanks for your complete items you gave the enviornment, Steve,” singer Bernadette Peters acknowledged.
U.S. President Barack Obama items the Presidential Medal of Freedom to theater composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim for the length of an East Room ceremony November 24, 2015 at the White House in Washington, DC.
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A tribute from actor Hugh Jackman additionally reads: “Every so fundamentally somebody comes along that fundamentally shifts a total art diagram. Stephen Sondheim used to be a way of. As millions mourn his passing I additionally wish to inform my gratitude for all he has given to me and so many more. Sending my treasure to his nearest and dearest.”
“For those of us who treasure unusual musical theater: we reside in a global that Sondheim built. My spirit is low, and I pronounce the metropolis is quieter than current tonight with the knowledge that he’s long previous. Feeling grateful for all he created and for the concern he’ll continue to inspire,” song supervisor, arranger and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire wrote on Twitter.
Chita Rivera added that her “coronary heart is saddened for the loss.”
“Nonetheless my recollections reside on forever,” Rivera concluded on Twitter.
Peek of American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim onstage for the length of an match at the Fairchild Theater, East Lansing, Michigan, February 12, 1997.
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Sondheim used to be thought to be one of the most absolute best composers of Broadway. His work integrated the lyrics for “West Side Legend” and “Gypsy.” His catalog integrated “Company,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Merrily We Roll Alongside” and “Into The Woods.” His most well-known ballad, “Ship in the Clowns,” has been recorded hundreds of occasions, in conjunction with by Frank Sinatra and Judy Collins.
Sondheim used to be identified for his work and got Tony awards and even a Pulitzer. He obtained the 1993 Kennedy Heart Honors for lifetime success and used to be additionally awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2013.
The Associated Press contributed to this file.