By: Natalie Shomali, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
After the death of famous American composer and songwriter Stephen Sondheim, London’s West End planned to dim the lights for two minutes in his honor on Monday, 7:00 pm.
The theatre icon, most famous for writing the musical Sweeney Todd, passed away last Friday, aged 91.
During Sondheim’s career, he wrote many of Broadway’s most famous shows, including Company, Follies, and A Little Light Music. He also contributed to West Side Story by writing the lyrics.
Send in the Clouds, his ballad from the musical A Little Light Music, 1973, was re-recorded many times by famous artists such as Frank Sinatra and Judy Collins.
His musicals also won six Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, and five Olivier Awards.
Sondheim himself also received the Presidential Medal of Honour.
“His legacy of extraordinary shows and songs will live on for many generations to come – but now, we pay tribute to his outstanding contribution to our theatres and celebrate his talent,” said Julian Bird, the chief executive of the UK theatre and the Society of London Theatre.