Nottingham actress, Rosalie Craig joins global tributes to musical icon Stephen Sondheim following his death.
Rosalie Craig, an award winning West End actress who grew up in Nottingham celebrated Stephen Sondheim’s life after his death at the age of 91 on Friday.
She starred in Company, one of Sondheim’s many musicals when it was last on the West End from mid 2018 to 2019 as the main character Bobbie, alongside musical legend Patti Lupone who played Joanne.
Ms. Craig posted a picture on Instagram in tribute to Sondheim after the news broke that he had died captioned: “you were a once in a lifetime gift to us all” followed by a red heart emoji.
Stephen Sondheim rose to fame at the age of just 27 after writing the lyrics for the iconic 1957 musical West Side Story alongside the legendary Leonard Bernstein who wrote the musical score.
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West Side Story is one of many musicals that Sondheim worked on, with many other musicals, including West Side Story, having a film adaptation after success on both Broadway and the West End.
Sondheim died early on Friday after celebrating Thanksgiving with his family the day before, his death seems to have been sudden.
Sondheim helped create many incredible musicals which are still very popular to this day, these include: Company, Sweeny Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Into the Woods.
The new adaptation of West Side Story, the iconic Sondheim musical is about to be released in cinemas which has been directed by Stephen Spielberg.
West Side Story is a tale of two teenagers from different ethnic backgrounds who fall in love in 1950 in New York City.
The movie stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler who are playing the roles of Tony and Maria as well as Maddie Ziegler who will be playing Velma.
The release of this movie adaption is now more sentimental than ever after the passing of Stephen Sondheim.