Broadway Community Performs Touching Song in Times Square in Memory of Stephen Sondheim
If you know any Broadway musicals at all, most likely, you know the music of Stephen Sondheim. The famous songwriter is responsible for musicals including “West Side Story,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Sweeney Todd,” and many, many more, but his career is now officially over.
Sondheim spent Thanksgiving with his friends. They enjoyed dinner together, and he did not seem to be sick; however, the very next day, on Friday November 26, 2021, Sondheim died in his home at the age of 91.
Sondheim’s death was deeply felt by the Broadway community as well as many musicians and fans of his work. According to NBC News, Josh Groban reflected, “His music is what got me into music, his music is what got me into theater.”
As a way of honoring Sondheim and grieving his loss, the Broadway community and many, many fans of his work gathered on the TKTS steps in Times Square on Sunday. Together, they performed a song Sondheim wrote for the musical “Sunday in the Park with George.” The song was called “Sunday.”
Among those who showed up to perform “Sunday” were Josh Groban, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Sara Bareilles in addition to members of the casts of multiple Broadway shows. Watch the video below to see this memorable performance for yourself.
The film community is also mourning Sondheim’s death. He died just days before the Monday red carpet premiere of Steven Spielberg’s new film “West Side Story,” which is based on the Broadway show. At the premiere, Spielberg and members of the cast remembered the late songwriter. Spielberg told Entertainment Tonight, “It’s really amazing, when you have such a gift like Stephen had from childhood.”
What is your favorite Broadway musical? Are you going to see the new film version of “West Side Story”?