Stars from film, television and theater mourn the loss of the American Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim. “Sometimes someone comes along who changes an entire art form,” wrote the actor Hugh Jackman on Twitter at the weekend – and Sondheim was one of those people.
“I am grateful for all that he has given me and so many others,” said Jackman. The Australian is best known as an action hero, but once also appeared in musicals.
Sondheim died on Friday at the age of 91 in Roxbury, Connecticut, United States. Despite his old age, his death came as a surprise, as the “New York Times” reported, citing Sondheim’s lawyer F. Richard Pappas. The day before, Sondheim had celebrated Thanksgiving with friends.
One of the greats
The native New Yorker is considered to be one of the most important lyricists and composers in the music theater industry. During his decades of career he won almost all prestigious awards. Critics attested to having decisively further developed the form and content of musical theater. Sondheim had his breakthrough at the age of 25 when he wrote the lyrics for the musical “West Side Story”.
“He actually set the standard for the American musical,” wrote US actress Ariana DeBose on Twitter over the weekend. “It feels like the end of an era.”
The actor Wilson Cruz described Sondheim in the short message service as “master”, “legend” and “icon”. According to Cruz, he saw Sondheim last week in a theater on Broadway when the copywriter appeared in person for his musical “Company”.Home page