London’s West End lights went out for a short tribute to Stephen Sondheim.
On Friday, the composer and lyricist who was famous for writing Sweeney Todd died at the age of 91.
In honor of one of theater’s greatest geniuses, the lights were turned off at 19:00 GMT.
National Theatre’s roof was illuminated to honor its patrons.
It read, “Tonight we dimm our lights in honor of Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021).
Tonight’s lighting will be dimmed in honor of Stephen Sondheim, the legendary composer/lyricist (1930-2021). pic.twitter.com/lWJVYCI4IL
— National Theatre (@NationalTheatre) November 29, 2021
In 2019, Sir Cameron Mackintosh renamed the Sondheim Theatre in his honour. He also turned off all lights.
Sir Cameron who stated that the world had lost one of its most important and original writers, opened a book to condoleem in the theatre lobby.
The Queen’s Theatre was once known as Queen’s Theatre. Bouquets of flowers were piled around the place, while crowds stood outside to take photos.
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Julian Bird was the Chief Executive of UK Theatre Theatre Society and Society of London Theatre. He said his legacy would live on.
He said, “The theatre industry is smaller after Stephen Sondheim’s passing.”
His legacy of songs and shows will be passed on to many future generations. But, now we are paying tribute to him and celebrating his talents.
He wrote scores for some Broadway’s most popular shows such as Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Follies during his long career. West Side Story also featured his lyrics.
Send in the Clowns is his ballad from the 1973 musical A Little Night Music. It has been recorded many times including by Frank Sinatra, Judy Collins and others.
He won six Tony Awards for his musicals. Six other Tony Awards were given to Sondheim.
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