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Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck

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Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck
Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck
Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck
Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck
Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck
Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck
Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck
Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck
Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck
Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck
Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck
Mindy Kaling Shares Advice Stephen Sondheim Gave When She Played Ben Affleck

Forever in their hearts. Following the death of Stephen Sondheim, celebrities and Broadway stars have taken to social media to honor the late songwriter, their experience working with his material and remembering his legacy.

The Tony Awards winner’s friend and lawyer, F. Richard Pappas, announced on Friday, November 26, that the Into the Woods creator died at his Roxbury, Connecticut, home at age 91.

“Future historians: Stephen Sondheim was real,” Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted on Friday shortly after learning the somber news. “Yes, he wrote Tony & Maria AND Sweeney Todd AND Bobby AND George & Dot AND Fosca AND countless more. Some may theorize Shakespeare’s works were by committee but Steve was real & he was here & he laughed SO loud at shows & we loved him.”

The Tick, Tick…Boom! director, 41, also reshared an email that Sondheim sent him one week earlier following the movie’s Netflix debut.

“And last week, when I wrote him to say his ears must be burning from the countless Sondheim kindnesses being shared from the generations of writers he mentored, he wrote this in reply,” the Hamilton creator added in his social media message. “Steve: you repaid your debt to Oscar [Hammerstein] 1000 times over. We love you. I love you. THANK YOU.”

Other theatrical and film veterans have also weighed in with their own heartfelt tributes and memories of the late Sunday in the Park With George writer. Additionally, the Broadway production of Company — which recently reopened following its 2020 pause due to the coronavirus pandemic — dedicated its Friday night performance to Sondheim.

“You may have already heard the really sad news but Stephen Sondheim so sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning,” Company director Marianne Elliott shared with musical attendees via an Instagram recording. “He was truly the greatest artist that we, in our lifetime possibly, will ever know in this art form. Obviously, everybody is very shocked because everyone on this production knew him very well.”

The England native, 54, continued: “He truly was a genius of [making musicals]. He was the most artistic and the most collaborative person ever. We all feel extremely honored to have worked with him so closely. … He was hugely involved in this particular production and very proud of it, I’m so happy to say, and I think that is a great honor to him because he really understood about art and about the now and why art should speak to the now; it’s not a museum piece, it’s about speaking to its femoral audience every single night on every single day of the year.”

Idina Menzel also shared her condolences, tweeting at the time, “Goodbye dear sir. We will spend our lives trying to make you proud.”

Scroll below to see how the stars have honored the acclaimed musician:

Mindy Kaling
Kaling revealed that her Sondheim run-in came when she was starring in Matt & Ben, the 2003 play she and Brenda Withers cowrote about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s journey to writing Good Will Hunting. Kaling starred as Affleck in the award winning show, but with an Off Off Broadway run, she considered it a small success — until Sondheim visited backstage at P.S. 122 in New York City.
“When I was 22 I was in an off-off-Broadway play in the east village called “Matt & Ben” that I wrote with my best friend. It was a two person play and we did 9 performances a week. One night Stephen Sondheim came to see it and he met him backstage,” Kaling shared via Twitter on Saturday, November 26.
She continued, “I said what an honor it was to meet him and that I hoped one day I could finally be the star of one of his shows. He said ‘Why? You’re the star of your own show. Just keep doing that.’ I think that was great advice. Must be nice to live a long life and leave so much behind.”
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Hugh Jackman
“Every so often someone comes along that fundamentally shifts an entire art form,” the Australia native tweeted. “Stephen Sondheim was one of those. As millions mourn his passing I also want to express my gratitude for all he has given to me and so many more. Sending my love to his nearest and dearest.”
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Barbra Streisand
The Funny Girl star shared her thoughts via Twitter: “Thank the Lord that Sondheim lived to be 91 years old so he had the time to write such wonderful music and GREAT lyrics!  May he Rest In Peace.”
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Lin Manuel-Miranda
The Moana writer shared an email that Sondheim sent him one week earlier, which read, “Thanks for the nice boost to my spirits, Lin. It’s an aspect of my life I’m proud of. I feel as if I’ve repaid (partially, at [least] what I owe Oscar.”
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson
“I met him once for 30 seconds backstage after a production of Merrily We Roll Along,” the Modern Family alum recalled. “I have never been more tongue-tied or star struck. His writing is the singular reason I wanted to be a musical theater actor. No one will ever come close to his genius. RIP Stephen Sondheim.”
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Jordan Fisher
“I’m literally at a loss for words,” the Flash alum tweeted, alongside an emotional video. “Stephen is the reason I make art. He’s the reason why I MUST tell stories. He’s taught millions. millions that, like me, will never get to shake his hand … to personally say Thank You. But here’s some pixels. Thank you, Stephen. Rest in love.”
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Idina Menzel
The Frozen star promised the late writer: “We will spend our lives trying to make you proud.”
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Jake Gyllenhaal
“This picture of Mr. Stephen Sondheim was taken during curtain call on the opening night of Sunday in the Park with George,” the Brokeback Mountain actor wrote via Instagram alongside a snap of the musical legend. “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.”
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Kristin Chenoweth
“He influenced all of us, whether we knew it or not. Rest In Peace. You were a gift to this world,” the Holidate actress tweeted.
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Anna Kendrick
The Pitch Perfect star recalled via Twitter: “I was just talking to someone a few nights ago about how much fun (and f—king difficult) it is to sing Stephen Sondheim. Performing his work has been among the greatest privileges of my career. A devastating loss.”
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Camila Mendes
The Riverdale actress praised Sondheim, calling him a “musical genius” while sharing the news via Instagram Story.
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