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mjg
2021-11-26 7:40:32 PM  
damn...

/91 is a good run, but it would have been nice to have Him around longer.
 
2021-11-26 7:49:18 PM  
RIP, bro. 
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2021-11-26 7:49:32 PM  
Oh. OK.

Well, that hurts in a fundamental way that was not at all expected.

RIP.
 
2021-11-26 7:49:54 PM  
If you're on Jeopardy! and there's a musical theater question you have no idea about, if you just guess Sondheim, you'll probably have a 33% chance of getting it right.
 
2021-11-26 7:59:25 PM  
Wow. What a life. Rest in peace, amazing man whose artistry touched every corner of my life.
 
2021-11-26 8:02:14 PM  
He's no longer a Jet all the way.
 
2021-11-26 8:02:40 PM  
Suck. I recommend the movie, "Camp". Great film for anyone who did musical theater as a kid and features a pretty neat Sondheim cameo.
 
2021-11-26 8:02:59 PM  
I had a huge crush on Stephen Sondheim when I was a teenager. I hoped I'd meet him some day but the closest I ever came was seeing Hal Prince in the Manhattan Barnes & Noble a few years later.

Thanks for the great memories, great music and great shows, Steve. Will start re-reading "Finishing the Hat" and "Look, I Made A Hat" in your honor this evening.
 
2021-11-26 8:05:14 PM  
Everything was coming up roses. Now he's pushing up daisies.
 
2021-11-26 8:05:35 PM  
Look at all the things you've done for me 
Opened up my eyes
Taught me how to see
Notice every tree

We knew this was coming, but I'm still devastated.
 
2021-11-26 8:09:22 PM  
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2021-11-26 8:10:15 PM  
He probably saw that trailer for Spielberg's version of West Side Story.
 
2021-11-26 8:12:37 PM  
When they did the movie version of Into the Woods, they added a new song for the Witch (Meryl Streep), and they had her go talk to Stephen Sondheim about it, and get the music for the new song. She's apparently a huge Sondheim fan, and was excited to see he had written a personal note on it.

Turned out to be "Don't fark it up. -Stephen"
 
2021-11-26 8:16:38 PM  
Damn.  Another genius leaves us.  We will never see his like again - I would put him up there with Mozart.  Sondheim is the lyricist of my childhood and college years.  His work - music and lyrics - are woven into my psyche.

Who is there to take his place?  What mind of the Boomers, GenX, Millennials or Zoomers even comes close?  I can only hope I live to see the next transformative musician.

RIP.  Your life impacted millions if not billions of people in a positive way.  You are truly one of the great minds of history.
 
2021-11-26 8:25:17 PM  

Hoopy Frood: He's no longer a Jet all the way.


At least it's past his last dyin' day.
 
2021-11-26 8:25:27 PM  
Catch tick, tick....Boom! on Netflix to see Sondheim portrayed by Bradley Whitford. The film is about Jonathan Larson, who was mentored by him before and while creating Rent.
 
2021-11-26 8:30:31 PM  
White. A blank page or canvas. His favorite. So many possibilities...

RIP.
 
2021-11-26 8:34:13 PM  
Beethoven, Hayden & Rachmaninoff
All enjoyed a nice drink with their meal
Nowadays no one will serve them
And their gravy is left to congeal
 
2021-11-26 8:42:07 PM  
Bye dead guy who made some musicals I like and others I feel ambivalent towards.

Today I found out that you died, which surprised me because I thought you were already dead.

That's weird, right?
 
2021-11-26 8:43:21 PM  
I played Jack's Mother in Into the Woods in high school. Still the hardest music I have ever had to sing. RIP, you talented man.
 
2021-11-26 9:05:04 PM  

sgleason818: Catch tick, tick....Boom! on Netflix to see Sondheim portrayed by Bradley Whitford. The film is about Jonathan Larson, who was mentored by him before and while creating Rent.


but he recorded the answering machine message
 
2021-11-26 9:07:07 PM  

Nina9: I played Jack's Mother in Into the Woods in high school. Still the hardest music I have ever had to sing. RIP, you talented man.


I was a Protean in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in High School.
Well, I was in high school but it was a local community theater production.
I've been the lead in several other musicals (in High School) and in many community theater productions but the Protean was by far the hardest, and most fun I've ever had in any production.

I lost interest in doing theater by college but I've always said the only part I would have considered playing in adulthood is a Protean again.

Now I'm way too old.
 
2021-11-26 9:18:05 PM  
They should rename a Broadway theater for him.  He was a musical pioneer.
 
2021-11-26 9:19:09 PM  
Been in theater all my life.

Was not a fan.

But then again. I didn't like the Beatles until I was 50.
And Fark Phish.
 
2021-11-26 9:29:25 PM  
West Side Story continues to be one of my favorite musicals.  Thank you, Sir, for the music and the memories.  Rest in peace.
 
2021-11-26 9:37:01 PM  
Sondheim was a genius.

Webber is a schmaltzy hack.

I will forever be willing to die on this hill.
 
2021-11-26 9:40:52 PM  
Must've lost that BroDown
 
2021-11-26 9:58:32 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: Sondheim was a genius.

Webber is a schmaltzy hack.

I will forever be willing to die on this hill.


Agree on the scale.
 
2021-11-26 10:06:24 PM  
"Sometimes people leave you, halfway through the wood.
Do not let it grieve you.
No one leaves for good.
You are not alone."

I doubt there will be another like Sondheim.
 
2021-11-26 10:06:29 PM  
It may not be regarded as one of his best, but I've loved Company. I mean how can you not love a musical that has this song

PBS Great Performances, Stephen Sondheim's Company-Not Getting Married Today
Youtube zRsdEcybJL0
 
2021-11-26 10:26:06 PM  
Thanks for everything, Mr. Sondheim.

/I'd like to make a toast.
//I'll drink to that.
///Everybody rise!
 
2021-11-26 10:30:22 PM  
The man was a genius and a giant. How is this news not on the main page?

There are too many songs in the canon to pick as a singular favorite, so here is an example of Sondheim explaining how just about every syllable in his lyrics has subtextual meaning to the character and story.

Sondheim teaches 'My Friends' from Sweeney Todd
Youtube DBCVaFqGJwg
 
2021-11-26 10:41:48 PM  
I saw Side by Side by Sondheim on Broadway.
Same trip, I saw Yul Brenner in The King and I.
 
2021-11-26 11:04:56 PM  
My gay friends are absolutely inconsolable.  One of them said to me, "I hate being such a stereotype but oh my GOD," and we both had a deep, cathartic laugh.  It took me by surprise so there was intitially some silence and then we both died laughing.

Bleh.  I haven't read any reports, but I hope he at least had a nice Thanksgiving.
 
2021-11-26 11:26:51 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: Sondheim was a genius.

Webber is a schmaltzy hack.

I will forever be willing to die on this hill.


And yet Webber is a billionaire. Insanity.
 
2021-11-27 12:05:25 AM  
Who?
 
2021-11-27 12:29:01 AM  

Pinner: Who?


Dude, you might think this is a cool post, but all you have done is to tell everyone that you are an uncultured boob. Stephen Sondheim was a towering figure in American musical theater, as the tributes pouring in from actors and fans could tell you.
 
2021-11-27 2:09:42 AM  

CarnySaur: He probably saw that trailer for Spielberg's version of West Side Story.


He was never really happy with the original show and thought what Steven Spielberg and screenwriter (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Tony Kushser were doing with the remake was an improvement.

/sorry
//not sorry
 
2021-11-27 3:14:35 AM  

NathanAllen: Bye dead guy who made some musicals I like and others I feel ambivalent towards.

Today I found out that you died, which surprised me because I thought you were already dead.

That's weird, right?


It's not that weird. It's an example of the Mandela Effect. Which is a weird thing. So I suppose in a way it is.
 
2021-11-27 4:10:26 AM  
I know nothing about this guy, but I sure know a lot of his songs.
 
2021-11-27 6:09:50 AM  
Decomposing Composers (Lyrics)
Youtube UiQOaK8Mv6E
 
2021-11-27 7:21:07 AM  

BorgiaGinz: Pinner: Who?

Dude, you might think this is a cool post, but all you have done is to tell everyone that you are an uncultured boob. Stephen Sondheim was a towering figure in American musical theater, as the tributes pouring in from actors and fans could tell you.


He was?
 
2021-11-27 7:50:57 AM  

Ginsbergs Ink: "Sometimes people leave you, halfway through the wood.
Do not let it grieve you.
No one leaves for good.
You are not alone."

I doubt there will be another like Sondheim.


Went to see a production of Into The Woods last night.  The director made an impromptu dedication of the performance to Sondheim.  Now there really are giants in the sky.
 
2021-11-27 8:46:51 AM  
Worth a watch to see how clever Sondheim was.
The Musical Moral of Into The Woods
Youtube 9b6OEjF4s1M
 
2021-11-27 8:50:51 AM  
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) - Comedy Tonight Scene (1/10) | Movieclips
Youtube sMrjeejmCpI
 
2021-11-27 8:55:27 AM  
Putting It Together
Youtube rJFz-ucuTvs
 
2021-11-27 8:56:44 AM  

CFitzsimmons: RoyFokker'sGhost: Sondheim was a genius.

Webber is a schmaltzy hack.

I will forever be willing to die on this hill.

And yet Webber is a billionaire. Insanity.


People like crap.
 
2021-11-27 9:34:42 AM  

gunga galunga: CarnySaur: He probably saw that trailer for Spielberg's version of West Side Story.

He was never really happy with the original show and thought what Steven Spielberg and screenwriter (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Tony Kushser were doing with the remake was an improvement.

/sorry
//not sorry


Which is hard to believe, considering how absolutely similar the trailers are to the original film which makes the remake feel like it's unnecessary, side from whatever copyrights get updated by it
 
2021-11-27 9:45:04 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Damn.  Another genius leaves us.  We will never see his like again - I would put him up there with Mozart.  Sondheim is the lyricist of my childhood and college years.  His work - music and lyrics - are woven into my psyche.

Who is there to take his place?  What mind of the Boomers, GenX, Millennials or Zoomers even comes close?  I can only hope I live to see the next transformative musician.

RIP.  Your life impacted millions if not billions of people in a positive way.  You are truly one of the great minds of history.


Well now that he's gone, it will make room for someone like Kid Rock to present his music in a musical form.
 
2021-11-27 10:25:56 AM  

Galileo's Daughter: They should rename a Broadway theater for him.  He was a musical pioneer.


Already done, the former Henry Miller theater. Mrs. Doubtfire is currently there, prior to that was Beautiful
 
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