Christine Baranski Hails Stephen Sondheim as a Giant of Musical Theater: ‘We All Feel Like Orphans’

For Christine Baranski and a generation of musical theater stars, Stephen Sondheim, the legendary Broadway composer who died on Friday at 91, was nothing less than a father figure, a musical giant and an inspiration.“Even though he was 91 we are blindsided by the loss.

We all feel like orphans,” Baranski told Variety as she paid tribute to the creative force behind such landmark theater productions as “West Side Story,” “Company,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Follies,” “A Little Night Music,” “Sunday in the Park With George,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Into the Woods” and “Assassins.”Baranski got to know Sondheim well during the last decade or so of his life.

For one, the two lived near each other in Connecticut.

Baranski and Meryl Streep, who also lives nearby, took Sondheim to dinner over the summer.

The music master was sharp and in good spirits at that time, Baranski said.“Mentally he was so in shape.

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