Stephen Sondheim Rewrote His Dialogue in Tick, Tick… Boom!

Stephen Sondheim, the legendary Broadway composer and lyricist who died Friday at age 91, rewrote — and recorded — his own dialogue for a scene in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Tick, Tick… Boom!”

“When I screened the movie for Sondheim, he e-mailed me and said, ‘You treated me very gently and royally, for which I am grateful,” Miranda said in an interview with the New Yorker. “But he said, ‘One thing: the last voice-mail message to Jon, it sounds a little cliché. ‘I have a feeling you’re going to have a very bright future.’ I would never say that. Please can you rewrite the words Sondheim used in his voicemail? I’ll record it if you can’t get the actor back.’ ”

Sondheim recorded the dialogue in the scene, perhaps his last artistic act.

“I’m not turning down a Sondheim rewrite!” Miranda said.

“It’s first-rate work and has a future, and so do you. I’ll call you later with some thoughts, if that’s OK. Meanwhile, be proud.”Soundheim stated this in the scene.

According to F. Richard Pappas, Sondheim’s friend and lawyer, Sondheim, Sondheim, died suddenly in Roxbury, Connecticut. New York Times. 

Sondheim won eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards, and an Oscar for a song that he composed for the 1990 film. “Dick Tracy”Madonna, pop star, performs the dance. “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man).”

Later on in his life, he was an influential mentor for a new generation of Broadway composers, including Adam Guettel.“The Light in the Piazza”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) and Jonathan Larson (“Rent”).

Actor Bradley Whitford plays a fictionalized version of Sondheim in Miranda’s new movie version of Larson’s pre-“Rent”Music “Tick, Tick… Boom!”

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