Lin-Manuel Miranda and Bernadette Peters Honor Late Stephen Sondheim at Tony Awards 2022: “A Musical Giant”


This is a unique honor. At the 2022 Tony Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda led a moving tribute to Stephen Sondheim’s legacy, which featured Broadway’s biggest stars.

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“All of us who love and dedicate our lives to the performing arts felt profound loss last November when a musical giant, Stephen Sondheim, passed away,” the statement reads.

“Stephen wrote them to friends, up-and-coming artists, countless people he’d never met,” Miranda continued. He wrote so many letters that you’d be surprised if he ever found time to pick up a Black Wing 62 pencil and write a song. I’m here on behalf of the generations of artists he supported.”

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The Oscar-nominated director’s tribute was followed by a musical eulogy of Sondheim’s song “Children Will Listen,” from the musical “Annie.”

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“Future historians will note that Stephen Sondheim was a real person,” the article concludes.

Miranda also shared a screenshot of an email written by Sondheim prior to the Netflix premiere of the musical.

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“You may have already heard the really sad news, but Stephen Sondheim so sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning,” show director Marianne Elliott, who also won a Tony on Sunday for Best Direction of a Musical, told audience members at a November 2021 performance, as captured on Instagram. “He was without a doubt the greatest artist we will ever encounter in this art form in our lifetime.” Everyone on the set is obviously shocked because they all knew him.”


Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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