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Author Sondheim, Stephen.

Uniform Title Songs. Texts. Selections
Title Finishing the hat : collected lyrics (1954-1981) with attendant comments, principles, heresies, grudges, whines and anecdotes / Stephen Sondheim.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Knopf, 2010.
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  782.140268 SON    AVAILABLE
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Description xxvii, 445 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary Stephen Sondheim has won seven Tonys, an Academy Award, seven Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize and the Kennedy Center Honors. His lyrics have become synonymous with musical theater and popular culture, and here Sondheim has not only collected his lyrics for the first time, he is giving readers a rare personal look into his life as well as his remarkable productions. Along with the lyrics for all of his musicals from 1954 to 1981--including West Side Story, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd--Sondheim treats us to never-before-published songs cut or discarded from each show. He discusses his relationship with his mentor, Oscar Hammerstein II, and his collaborations with extraordinary talents from Leonard Bernstein to Angela Lansbury. The anecdotes--filled with pointed observations and intimate details--transport us back to a time when theater was a major pillar of American culture. Best of all, Sondheim offers unparalleled insights into songwriting.--From publisher description.
Contents Rhyme and its reasons -- Saturday night -- West side story -- Gypsy -- A funny thing happened on the way to the forum -- Anyone can whistle -- Do I hear a waltz? -- Company -- Follies -- A little night music -- The frogs -- Pacific overtures -- Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street -- Merrily we roll along.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Sondheim, Stephen -- Criticism and interpretation.
Musicals -- Analysis, appreciation.
Composers -- Biography.
Musicals -- Excerpts -- Librettos.
Songs -- Texts.
ISBN 9780679439073
0679439072
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