NEW YORK — Broadway stars turned out to pay tribute to the late Stephen Sondheim with a special performance of “Sunday” in Times Square.
Sondheim, 91, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning songwriter who was one of the nation’s most influential musical theater composers, died Friday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut.
Sondheim won a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1985 for his rendition of “Sunday,” the Act One finale to his “Sunday in the Park with George,” Variety reported.
Sunday, on the red stairs above TKTS in Times Square, members of every Broadway company were joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban, Kathryn Gallagher, Laura Benanti, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Lauren Patton to sing “Sunday,” Entertainment Weekly reported.
“I think we all knew that we couldn’t keep him forever, but it is a punch in the gut still to lose one of the greats,” Erin Davie, who currently stars in “Diana,” told WNBC.
“His music is what got me into music, his music is what got me into theater,” Groban told the television station.
“This felt like church,” Bareilles told Variety. “In his remembrance, we did what theater does best. We sang and raised our voices and came together in community.”
The event was produced by Erich Bergen and co-presented by the Broadway League, the Times Square Alliance and Playbill, Variety reported. The participants were conducted by Michael J. Moritz.
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