Entertainment Lin-Manuel Miranda reveals Stephen Sondheim thought his voicemail in 'Tick, Tick ... Boom!' sounded 'a little cliché' so he re-wrote the dialogue and re-recorded it himself
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- Stephen Sondheim rerecorded a voicemail in "Tick, Tick ... Boom!" after switching up the script.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda said the Broadway composer thought the original version "a little cliché."
- Miranda called Sondheim's rewrite of the scene "more specific and beautiful."
Lin-Manuel Miranda revealed that Stephen Sondheim personallyin "Tick, Tick ... Boom!" because he thought the original version was "a little cliché."
The legendary Broadway composer died on Friday at 91. Sondheim's lawyerthat he had died at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut.
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Weeks before Sondheim's death, Mirandathat Sondheim had in an email for portraying the composer "very gently and royally" in the Netflix film, where he is played by actor Bradley Whitford.
Sondheim, however, did have one note on the screenplay.
Throughout "Tick, Tick ... Boom!," composeris repeatedly shown idolizing Sondheim. At the very end, Sondheim leaves Larson a voicemail congratulating him on the showcase of his musical "Superbia."
Miranda recounted how Sondheim told him in an email after a private screening, "The last voicemail 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. Can I please rewrite what Sondheim says in the voicemail? I'll record it if you can't get the actor back.' "
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In Sondheim's version of the voicemail to Larson in "Tick, Tick ... Boom!," Sondheim says: "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."
Miranda explained that he had no plans to turn down "a Sondheim rewrite," which he described as "more specific and beautiful" than the original script of the voicemail.
He continued that he "took a gamble" by having Sondheim himself record the new version of the voicemail instead of Whitford, because by the end of the movie, the viewers hadn't heard Whitford speak out loud in over an hour.
"Every step of the way. I showed [Sondheim] the scenes in which he was depicted," Miranda added. "I let him know when Bradley Whitford was cast, and he said, 'I don't know who that is, but he has a name like a Jane Austen character, and I love it.'"
Sondheim's career in musical theater. He is credited with having created some of the most iconic Broadway musicals like "West Side Story," "Company," "Follies," "Sweeney Todd," and "Sunday in the Park with George."
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Miranda, Bareilles, and Josh Groban were among the notable Broadway talent in a choir gathered to honor the iconic composer who died on Nov. 26 at 91.The passing of Stephen Sondheim was a sad day for the Great White Way, having lost one of the giants of American theater. But, as the saying goes, "the show must go on" so hundreds of members from the Broadway community gathered in New York to honor the legendary composer, quite naturally, in song.