London’s West End theaters dim their lights to pay tribute to Stephen Sondheim

London’s West End theaters dim their lights to pay tribute to composer and songwriter Stephen Sondheim, who died on Friday at the age of 91.

Members of the public gathered outside The Sondheim Theater on Shaftesbury Avenue on Monday evening for a minute-long applause as the lights dimmed at London’s Theater Center.

Flowers were also placed outside the theater in honor of the American songwriter, who was praised as a man who “fundamentally shifted an entire art form”.

Flowers are laid outside the Sondheim Theater on Shaftesbury Avenue in London

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Following the news, many famous faces and theatrical leaders expressed grief over the loss of one of theatre’s “greatest talents”, saying they were fortunate to have worked with him.

Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theater and UK Theatre, said: “The theater world is a small place tonight after the passing of Stephen Sondheim.

“His legacy of extraordinary shows and songs will live on for many generations to come – but now, we pay tribute to his outstanding contributions to our theater and celebrate his talent.”

Members of the public gather and applaud outside the Sondheim Theater

Six of Sondheim’s musicals won Tony Awards and received a Pulitzer Price, an Academy Award, five Olivier Awards, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Theatrical producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who renamed his Queen’s Theater venue after the musician in 2019, said the theater “has lost one of its greatest talents and the world has lost one of its greatest and most original writers”. One is lost”.

English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber paid tribute on Twitter, saying: “Farewell Steve, musical theater legend of our time, an inspiration to not only two but three generations.

“Your contribution to theater will never be matched.”

Actor Hugh Jackman, star of The Greatest Showman, said: “Every time someone comes along that fundamentally changes an entire art form.

“Stephen Sondheim was one of them.

“Millions have mourned his passing, I also want to express my gratitude for all that he has given to me and many more.

“Sending my love to her nearest and dearest.”

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel said: “Goodbye dear sir. We will spend our lives trying to make you proud.”

Songwriter Sir Tim Rice described Sondheim as a “master musical man”, while and Barbra Streisand tweeted: “Thank God Sondheim was 91, so he has so much wonderful music and the ability to write great songs.” had time!

“God rest his soul.”

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