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matteoamiras · a month ago
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i don’t even know how to explain to non musical theatre people that we genuinely just lost shakespeare — i can’t even think of another comparison that may even remotely come close. there was no one like him and there never will be. a league of his own, the greatest of the greats.
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violenceenthusiast · a month ago
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as always when a famous jewish person passes, i feel the need to restate that the correct jewish honorific in death is “may their memory be a blessing”
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leonardcohenofficial · a month ago
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may his memory be a blessing
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stellarsoular · a month ago
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Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021). May his memory be a blessing.
Drawing by Al Hirschfeld
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dragonsareawesome123 · a month ago
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"When I showed [Stephen Sondheim] the finished film, he said, 'You treated me gently and royally, for which I'm grateful,'" says [Lin-Manuel Miranda]. "And then he wrote me and said, 'But the last phone message to Jon, the language feels a little trite. I don't feel like I would ever really say that. Can I rewrite it?' I was like, 'Gosh, a rewrite from Stephen Sondheim — do I accept this?'"
There was only one problem — [Bradley Whitford] had already wrapped his work on the project and was unavailable to re-record it. Sondheim offered to record the new version for Miranda, and it's his voice that audiences can hear in the final cut.
"It makes me weep to even think about," gushes Miranda. "Because he was such a mentor to Jon and generations of songwriters. But yes, he rewrote that message and recorded it himself and just sent it to me." (x)
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royalwilmon · a month ago
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what is bringing me comfort right now is the fact that i know that sondheim knew how much he was loved and appreciated. even up to his very last week when he was given a standing ovation for just walking into the theatre when company reopened. unlike many great artists who were recognized for their work after they were gone, we as a community were so vocal about how much this man has affected us and our art. he had to have known.
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spookyjughead · a month ago
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Andrew Garfield as Jonathan Larson + Stephen Sondheim as himself tick, tick… BOOM! (2021) When I screened the movie for Sondheim, he e-mailed me and said, “You treated me very gently and royally, for which I am grateful.” But he said, “One thing: the last voice mail message to Jon, it sounds a little cliché. ‘I have a feeling you’re going to have a very bright future.’ I would never say that. Can I please rewrite what Sondheim says in the voice mail? I’ll record it if you can’t get the actor back.” - Lin-Manuel Miranda on his Stephen Sondheim re-write.
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muppetmagic · a month ago
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isn’t it lovely how artists can capture us?
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dailylgbtmusicals · a month ago
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I know that this blog is for dreamcasts, but given that we are in the overlap on the Venn diagram between musicals and the LGBT+ community, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the loss that both communities share today.
Stephen Sondheim, incredibly prolific, revered, and gay composer and lyricist has died at the age of 91.
91 years is a long time to be alive, and he certainly made the most of it, leaving behind an incredible catalogue of work, including the second movie adaption of his first Broadway show, West Side Story, which is due to come out two weeks from today.
He came out as gay at 40, which is over 50 years ago now. I can’t even imagine the courage it must have taken to come out in the 1970s. I think a lot about the debt that we, the up and coming queer community, owe those who came before us. We very much stand on their shoulders. I was only able to come out at 15 because of the bravery and fight of the older queer community, such as Sondheim, who came out at 40.
I ask that you take a moment to mourn with me both as a fan of Broadway and a member of the LGBT+ community. Both communities have lost something incredibly special today, and those of us in the overlap have that going double.
Thank you, Stephen Sondheim, for everything you leave behind and everything you did for us.
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bpdtomwambsgans · a month ago
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blameitonthekitty · a month ago
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wildandwired · a month ago
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So rarely does an artist come around and influence and impact so many generations of music and theatre lovers. He was the best of the very best. It just wont be the same without him, but we were so fucking lucky to have him for as long as we did. Thank you, Stephen Sondheim.
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in-a-place-of-miracles · a month ago
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I can't even begin to process this headline
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broadwayrecyclingbin · a month ago
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This was probably an actual conversation
Tick Tick Boom Casting Crew: How many Broadway cameos would you like to have?
Lin-Manuel Miranda: Yes.
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hesupportsyou · a month ago
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When Wilson Mizner came out of a coma and saw a priest standing over him, he reportedly said, 'Why should I talk to you? I've just been talking to your boss,' and promptly died. It's hard to believe he didn't work on it in advance, just as it's hard to believe that Oscar Wilde didn't work on 'Either that wallpaper goes or I do' (apocryphal or not) or Goethe rehearse "More light!"--after all, they were writers. If I have the breath to gasp it out dramatically, mine will be a quote from 'Our Time,' a song in Merrily We Roll Along: 'There's so much stuff to sing!' And speaking of 'sing,' isn't the word "song" a perfect example of onomatopoeia?
Stephen Sondheim, Look, I Made a Hat, 2011
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chantaljanzen · a month ago
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patina-millers-biceps · a month ago
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In case anyone wanted to see the memorial outside the Stephen Sondheim Theatre
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yelenas-lova · a month ago
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i, like a lot of others tonight, have been hit hard by the new of Stephen Sondheim's passing. as a fan of musicals, many of his songs and stories are very close to my heart. but i think it also goes deeper then that.
for a lot of the lgbtq+ community, the theatre is in many ways a safe space for us. hell, gays and drama has even become a stereotype. but that doesn't make it less true. the stage, be it high school drama classes, Broadway, or just singing along to cast soundtracks alone in our bedrooms is considered a right of passage by so many in our community due in large part to the acceptance we feel in these spaces.
and the contributions Stephen Sondheim made to these safe spaces cannot be overstated. he came out as gay at 40 years old over 50 years ago. i cannot imagine how scary that must have been for him. i came out in 2015 and it was terrifying. but the 70's where a whole different world. Sondheim, like so many elder members of the LGBTQ+, helped pave the path for me and everyone like me today. especially within theatre. i can't express how thankful i am for him.
he will be missed.
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newyorkthegoldenage · a month ago
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R.I.P. Stephen Sondheim
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Stephen Sondheim 1930–2021
Above, left, with Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins while working on West Side Story, 1957.
Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life magazine via Getty Images/NY Times
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sondheimfam · a month ago
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Stephen Sondheim lived for 91 years. We are all so lucky to have lived a time intercepting with those 91 years. Without Stephen Sondheim, not only would musical theater not be half of what it is today, but I know personally that no one here on this blog would be the same. ❤️ I think I speak for us all when I say I am devastated
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