After his death on Thursday evening, tributes to the legendary musical theater icon were released by friends and family.
The “sondheim tribute times square” is a tribute to the late musical theater icon that took place on Saturday, November 18th. The event was held in Times Square, New York City and saw celebrities pay their respects.
With the death of famous playwright and composer Stephen Sondheim on Friday, the world of American musical theater and entertainment lost a great. Sondheim was 91 years old when he died, according to a statement from his lawyer and friend F. Richard Pappas. Sondheim produced music and lyrics for such well-known and adored plays as Company, Sunday in the Park with George, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, and West Side Story, and is widely recognized as one of the most important personalities in 20th-century musical theater. Sondheim’s demise is being lamented by millions throughout the globe, with many celebrities paying homage to him on social media as well.
Soon after the news of Sondheim’s death surfaced, celebrities from all walks of life started sharing their memories and encounters with him. Some of the tributes were personal recollections of working with or meeting Sondheim, while others simply recounted the influence his work had on their life as well as the lives of others.
Sondheim, who was born in 1930, had a lifelong passion for musical theater after attending a performance of Very Warm of May when he was nine years old. Soon after, he got acquainted with James Hammerstein, the son of Oscar Hammerstein II, the legendary writer and lyricist, who later became his mentor. Sondheim would later act as a mentor to Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent, and Miranda, Lin-Manuel, the creator of Hamilton.
Check out how celebs are commemorating Sondheim in the next paragraphs.
At this time, our thoughts are with Sondheim’s family, friends, and admirers.
Future historians will note that Stephen Sondheim was a real person. Yes, he penned Tony and Maria, as well as Sweeney Todd, Bobby, George and Dot, Fosca, and a slew of other works. Some speculate that Shakespeare’s writings were compiled by committee, but Steve was genuine, and he was here, and he laughed SO loudly at plays, and we adored him.
Miranda, Lin-Manuel November 27, 2021 (@Lin Manuel) previousnext
Barbara Streisand is a well-known singer and actress.
Thank God Sondheim lived to be 91 years old so he could compose such amazing music and words! May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/vshNSdkvpQ
November 26, 2021 prevnext Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand)
Neil Gaiman is a writer who is well-known for his
He sent me a lovely letter granting me permission to use “Old Friends” in American Gods. Because I didn’t have many heroes, I avoided seeing him (failed just once) and declined supper. I’m down to one now. Thank you very much, Stephen Sondheim. pic.twitter.com/soRo4G2ZFU
November 26, 2021 prevnext Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself)
Hugh Jackman is a British actor who is well-known for
Every now and again, someone emerges who drastically alters an entire art genre. One of them was Stephen Sondheim. As millions grieve his death, I’d want to thank him for all he’s done for me and so many others. I’m sending my heartfelt condolences to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/4KlnJJJipq
November 26, 2021 prevnext Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman)
Anna Kendrick is a well-known actress.
I was just telling someone the other night how much fun (and how fucking tough) singing Stephen Sondheim is. One of the biggest honors of my career has been the opportunity to perform his work. It was a heartbreaking loss.
@AnnaKendrick47 — Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) 26 November 2021 previousnext
Bernadette Peters is a British actress.
I’m heartbroken about the death of my buddy Steve Sondheim. He provided me with a lot of material to sing about. I adored him and will miss him much. Steve, thank you for all the treasures you offered the world.
November 26, 2021 prevnext Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters)
Antonio Banderas is a Spanish actor who is well known for his
I was just performing “Being Alive,” the last musical number of #COMPANY in our performance here in Spain, approximately an hour ago. Now I’m at home, still wearing make-up and grieving at our maestro’s death. One of the great musical theater legends. A colossus. May he rest in peace, #Sondheim pic.twitter.com/7EbDszL0NB
November 26, 2021 prevnext Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas)
Theater hasn’t had such a revolutionary voice since April 23rd, 1616. Thank you for your Demon Barber, some Night Music, a Sunday in the Park, Company, fun at a Forum, a journey Into the Woods, and giving us a West Side Story, Mr. Sondheim. R.I.P. https://t.co/jHX7ob9JWv
November 26, 2021 — Josh Gad (@joshgad) previous
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