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- American composer and lyricist
An extraordinary Sunday.
From the moment news of legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim's death at 91 became known late Friday afternoon, the theater world has teemed with shared memories, gratitude, grief and wonder.
Sunday at noon, hundreds of members of the Broadway community gathered to remember and honor Sondheim, the best way they know how — raising their voices and losing themselves in his music.
Casts of Broadway shows stood shoulder to shoulder, gathered on and around the iconic red steps in Duffy Square and sang "Sunday" from "Sunday in Park With George."
Stephen Sondheim: Musical theater legend behind 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Into the Woods,' dies
— TKTS By TDF (@TKTS) November 28, 2021
Among the participants were Lin-Manuel Miranda, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Sara Bareilles, Raúl Esparza, Stephen Schwartz, Laura Benanti, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Josh Groban, Erich Bergen, Lonny Price, Jim Walton, Tom Kitt, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Marc Shaiman, Lauren Patten, Kathryn Gallagher, Abby Mueller, Judy Kuhn, Brandon Uranowitz, Adam Chanler-Berat, Tavi Gevinson, Erin Davie, Bryan Clark Tyrell and many more.
The event was produced by Erich Bergen, and co-presented by the Broadway League, the Times Square Alliance and Playbill. Michael J. Moritz conducted.
A moving tribute to Stephen Sondheim today on the Red Steps in Times Square. Broadway sang ‘Sunday’ on Sunday from ‘Sunday in the Park with George.’ He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/9GiiLVGGtR
— Times Square (@TimesSquareNYC) November 28, 2021
Ilana Keller is an award-winning journalist and lifelong New Jersey resident who loves Broadway and really bad puns. She highlights arts advocacy and education, theater fundraisers and more through her column, "Sightlines." Reach out on Twitter: @ilanakeller; firstname.lastname@example.org
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Stephen Sondheim honored by Broadway luminaries in Times Square