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Sondheim Hardcover – April 1, 2000

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Every theatergoer knows of the immeasurable contribution that Steven Sondheim has made to the performing arts. The ability to unite original music, lyrics and unusual subjects give his theatrical creations intelligence and distinctiveness, whether it's the macabre Sweeney Todd , the exotic Pacific Overtures , or his latest, controversial Assassins. In this biography, illustrated with 100 photos, 50 in color, the composer/lyricist's life and work are examined in sharp detail. Recounted are his middle-class Manhattan upbringing in the 1930s, his college years at Williams in Massachusetts and his apprenticeship under Oscar Hammerstein II. We witness the process involved in his numerous successes, including West Side Story and the artistic collaborations with producer Harold Prince and artists like Angela Landsbury and Lee Remick. Gottfried, author of Broadway Musicals , uses Sondheim's personal recollections to make this an exciting collectible for theater fans.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Rev Upd Su edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810941791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810941793
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,091,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Quite a book, but not truly a definitive ''in depth" analysis of Mr. Sondheim's shows. Mr. Gottfried brings up many interesting points about Sondheim's shows, but doesn't really, fully completely explore each show, as I was expecting.

His "Sweeney Todd" analysis is basically just a long plot summary, with lyrical highlights from a few songs. I was most disappointed by the way Mr. Gottfried barely broke the surface in his analysis of "Assassins". However, there are many wonderful reviews, interviews, commentaries, and photographs. Perhaps my favorite is a portrait of Mr. Sondheim surrounded by his "Sunday in the Park with George" set
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1996
Format: Hardcover
An authorized look at Sondheim's Broadway career, with numerous glossy photos and interesting commentary from Gottfried, a no-nonsense critic. Gottfried's analysis of Sondheim's works is interesting, but doesn't go enough in-depth into Sondheim's personal life. Still, it's worth it
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