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Lin-Manuel Miranda honors Stephen Sondheim: 'We love you. I love you. THANK YOU.'

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Lin-Manuel Miranda honors Stephen Sondheim: 'We love you. I love you. THANK YOU.'
Lin Manuel Miranda is paying tribute to the late Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Lin-Manuel Miranda is paying tribute to his fellow Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist and songwriter Stephen Sondheim, who died Friday at the age of 91.

"Future historians: Stephen Sondheim was real. Yes, he wrote Tony & Maria AND Sweeney Todd AND Bobby AND George & Dot AND Fosca AND countless more," Hamilton creator Miranda said in a Facebook post.

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"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. 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. Steve: you repaid your debt to Oscar [Hammerstein II] 1000 times over. We love you. I love you. THANK YOU."

The West Wing alum Bradley Whitford plays Sondheim in Miranda's fact-based movie musical, Tick Tick Boom. In it, Sondheim is seen supporting aspiring lyricist/composer Jonathon Larsen (played by Andrew Garfield) shortly before he created the iconic rock opera, Rent.

Miranda shared online the email Sondheim sent him about the project.

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"Thanks for the nice boost to my spirits, Lin," Sondheim wrote. "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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