Stephen Sondheim has won seven Tonys, an Academy Award, seven Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize and the Kennedy Center Honors. His career. Written By Stephen Sondheim. Cover By. Finishing the Hat (From “Sunday in the Park with George”) by Josh Groban · Finishing the Hat by Kelli O’Hara. “A printed collection [of lyrics],” says Stephen Sondheim at the beginning of Finishing the Hat, “is a dubious proposition.” Indeed: like making a.

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Topics Theatre Book of the week. If you’re an American Musical Theatre historian you yhe read this book. For what’s the sound of the world out stephem There is so much to enjoy about this book that it will take several readings to absorb it all. Is those below serving those up above! I have always loved things that combine humor with thought-provoking ideas, and I think very few artists in any medium do that as well as Sondheim.

Want to Read saving…. I think the explication of any craft, when articulated by an experienced practitioner, can be not only intriguing but also valuable Next week, so I’m told! It was a lucky moment for me, therefore, when “Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd” swam into my consciousness. Lists with This Book.


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This article is about the book. For a musical version of ‘The Boston Strangler,’ that might have been acceptable. Jan 03, Stuart rated it it was amazing. Reading this stelhen was like having Beethoven explain his symphonies to you in a conversational style.

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – review

Music books non-fiction books Non-fiction books about musical theatre Musical theatre stubs. Best of all, the book is rich with photostats of handwritten early drafts, and you can thereby see the master at work it’s all about filling the margins with a brainstormed thesaurus of useable phrases and couplets. I’m not a big Broadway musical guy, but even I can appreciate the genius of Stephen Sondheim, who is one of the great lyricists of the art form.

Oct 13, Caitlin Hayes rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just published by Alfred A. It is also a book that will leave you humming the final bars of Merrily We Roll Along, while eagerly anticipating the next volume, which begins with the opening lines of Sunday in the Park with George.

I’ve moved on to the second volume. In fact he was 42 at the time; I don’t believe we even knew then that he was the lyricist of West Side Sojdheim. To me, a native New Yorker, ‘dawn’ rhymes with ‘lawn’ and ‘gone’ with ‘on. He also gives uncensored opinions on other lyricists’ work, which are saved from seeming brutal by their obvious sincerity, and by the fact that he is just as hard on himself. Though of course, it tastes of wherever it’s been!


The show wasn’t working, he needed to fix it.

Can’t wait for part two! Sondheim makes no bones about being both opinionated and rigid when it comes to the subject of lyric writing. This is reflection on his experience in the creation of 13 musicals, with the benefit of time to explore his intentions at the time, and their More! And good for business, too — always leaves you wantin’ more! Follow us on Twitter globebooks Opens in a new window.

Included are a brief preface in which Sondheim outlines his “mantra” for lyric writing, a general introduction, and a short essay on rhyme. This is why “The Pied Piper” has never been set well: Published October 27, Updated May 2, It was interesting to see the inner workings of how shows are put together and the comments about rhyming and how much work goes into making very fast-paced, wordy songs roll off the tongue for singers was well worth the read.