Along with the rest of the world, artists and celebrities are mourning the loss of musical theater titan Stephen Sondheim.
The composer and lyricist died Friday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut at age 91. Rick Miramontez, a publicist for the current Broadway production of Sondheim’s musical “Company,” confirmed the news to USA TODAY.
One of the most imitated and inimitable musical theater artists of his generation, Sondheim was responsible for groundbreaking musicals such as “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Company,” “Follies” and “Sunday in the Park with George.” His work helped to redefine the American art form while staying true to the fundamentals of compelling stories and unforgettable songs.
Celebrities including Oscar-nominated actor Anna Kendrick paid tribute to Sondheim on social media, calling his death “a devastating loss.”
“I was just talking to someone a few nights ago about how much fun (and (expletive) difficult) it is to sing Stephen Sondheim,” Kendrick tweeted. “Performing his work has been among the greatest privileges of my career.”
Icon of stage, screen and song Barbra Streisand expressed gratitude for the talent Sondheim shared with the world during his lifetime.
“Thank the Lord that Sondheim lived to be 91 years old so he had the time to write such wonderful music and GREAT lyrics!” Streisand tweeted. “May he Rest In Peace.”
Jake Gyllenhaal, who starred in the Sondheim musical “Sunday in the Park with George,” remembered him as the “maestro of American musical theater.”
“This picture of Mr. Stephen Sondheim, was taken during curtain call on the opening night of ‘Sunday in the Park with George,'” Gyllenhaal wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Sondheim. “I am grateful to have shared time with the master and maestro of American musical theater, and to have played his George. We have lost a giant. We will miss you. Rest In Peace.”