Photo: Jenny Anderson
On Sunday, November 27, hundreds of members of the Broadway community came together to celebrate and honor the life of the late composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who died suddenly in his Connecticut home at age 91.
The crowd gathered on the iconic red steps in Duffy Square, where Sondheim’s good friend, Lin-Manuel Miranda, read excerpts from Sondheim’s book, “Look, I Made a Hat.” The participants then sang “Sunday” from Sondheim’s celebrated 1985 work, “Sunday in the Park with George,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The singers, conducted by Michael Moritz, included Miranda along with organizer Erich Bergen, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Sara Bareilles, Raúl Esparza, Stephen Schwartz, Laura Benanti, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Josh Groban, Lonny Price, Jim Walton, Tom Kitt, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Marc Shaiman, Heidi Rohlfing, Lauren Patten, Kathryn Gallagher, Abby Mueller, Judy Kuhn, Brandon Uranowitz, Adam Chanler-Berat, Tavi Gevinson, Erin Davie, Bryan Clark Tyrell, and many more.
A revival of Sondheim’s seminal musical “Company,” is now in previews at Broadway’s Bernard P. Jacobs Theater, in advance of an official opening on December 9, while a revival of his 1990 musical “Assassins” is currently playing through the end of January at Off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company. Meanwhile, a new film version of “West Side Story,” for which he wrote the lyrics, will open in cinemas on December 10.
The event was co-presented by the Broadway League, the Times Square Alliance, and Playbill.