Stephen Sondheim: Stars pay tribute to ‘innovative master’

Image copyright Sondheim Legacy ©2018 Sonia Friedman Productions Image caption Barbra Streisand has penned an extensive personal tribute on the Sondheim Legacy website

Broadway and film stars have paid tribute to composer Stephen Sondheim.

Sondheim died on Sunday at the age of 78 following a brief illness.

Streisand penned an extensive personal tribute on the Sondheim Legacy website in which she called him a mentor and “one of my best friends”.

Hollywood stars including Leslie Odom Jr., Debra Messing and Craig Ferguson paid their respects on social media.

Streisand’s friend Leonard Bernstein, who won a Grammy and three Tonys for his contributions to the musicals West Side Story and On the Town, also paid tribute.

The musical theatre community has offered their own tributes too, from legendary actors to actors who played Sondheim’s characters.

Image copyright Women in Film ©2018 Rosalind Jarrett Image caption “His writing was not just brilliant or best; it was personal. Every phrase told a story”.

Image copyright Molly Mack/Getty Images Image caption In a joint statement, Dame Judi Dench and Samuel West said Sondheim was “the bravest man I have ever known”.

Image copyright Tracie Bennett Image caption “He was always so deeply touched if he understood something [me] or his music” said Tracie Bennett

Image copyright Robyn Davidson Image caption ‘The love [of] his life’ was his partner Linda Ezergailis. Sondheim’s widow, Julia, is expecting twins

Image copyright Katie Walsh Image caption “We were so thrilled to collaborate with you. And so very, very lucky”, Katie Walsh wrote on Twitter

Image copyright Meryl Streep Image caption “Sometimes we just have to admire a piece of work. That happened to us again and again,” said Meryl Streep in a series of tweets

Image copyright Gwyneth Paltrow Image caption Gwyneth Paltrow said she was “devastated” by Sondheim’s death. “He was so funny and self-deprecating”

Image copyright Alison Pill Image caption “He was the only composer whose music I’ve ever wanted to replace”, Alison Pill tweeted

Image copyright Bobby Lopez Image caption Bobby Lopez, the composer of Frozen, said he was “deeply saddened to hear about my former piano partner’s passing”.

Image copyright Sophia Gilbert Image caption ‘His genius was almost impossible to comprehend,’ said Sophia Gilbert.

Image copyright Dara Kushner Image caption “I’m a little scared right now. I’m terribly sad,” said Dara Kushner.

Image copyright Imelda Staunton Image caption Dame Imelda Staunton said she was “shocked and devastated”.

Image copyright Olga Koch Image caption Olga Koch “was a giant in my life,” Sophia Gilbert wrote.

Image copyright Christopher Plummer Image caption “For three years I did our quarterly reviews,” John Houseman wrote of his time working with Sondheim. “He was an impressive fellow.”

Image copyright Pablo Cesar Image caption Cesar described Sondheim as “my hero”.

Image copyright Andrew Garfield Image caption “Maybe it’s because I come from London that I had a deep and abiding affinity to music,” said Andrew Garfield.

Image copyright Suzi Ruffell Image caption Suzi Ruffell made her Broadway debut in New York in 1994 in Follies

Image copyright Mandy Patinkin Image caption Mandy Patinkin called Sondheim “a great American storyteller”

Image copyright Diana Nyad Image caption Diana Nyad ‘truly a miracle woman’ on Twitter

Image copyright Tessa Thompson Image caption Annie star Tessa Thompson said: “My deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues, as well as to all of us who were blessed to have known and worked with him”.

Image copyright Heather Headley Image caption Heather Headley “finally feels honored”, Tessa Thompson wrote.

Image copyright Jeffrey Wright Image caption Jeffrey Wright has previously described Sondheim as his “soul mate”.

Image copyright Rachel Weisz Image caption “It’s sad and incredibly cruel”, said Rachel Weisz.

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