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A Little Night Music
Stephen Sondheim
1557830703
Feb 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Book by Hugh Wheeler Introduction by Jonathan Tunick "Throwing caution to the winds, I assert that A Little Night Music comes as close as possible to being the perfect romantic comedy musical." - Brendan Gill, The New Yorker * "A jewelled music box of a show: lovely to look at, delightful to listen to." - T.E. Kalem, Time * "Heady, civilized, sophisticated and enchanting. Good God! An adult musical." - Clive Barnes, The New York Times


Stephen Sondheim: A Life
Meryle Secrest
0385334125
June 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
America's foremost musical-theater composer also proves to be a fascinatingly complex and conflicted human being in this meticulous biography by the always-capable Meryle Secrest (Being Bernard Berenson, etc.). Stephen Sondheim himself was interviewed for the book, as were many of his closest friends, and the author makes perceptive use of this material. Born in 1930, Sondheim was a successful Broadway lyricist (West Side Story and Gypsy) before he was 30. But the scars from a miserable childhood remained: he was inclined to be distant, hypercritical of those less intelligent than he, and terrified of serious emotional commitment. Critics sometimes found those qualities in the series of groundbreaking musicals he created with director Hal Prince--Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd, to name four--but...


Into the Woods
James Lapine
0930452933
March 1989
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This picture book-adaptation of the Broadway musical brings together many favorite characters in one tale, including the childless baker and his wife, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack with his beanstalk. Talbott's adaptation retains the flavor of Sondheim's lyrics, and those who know the score will find themselves singing along. All ages.Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
The Tony Award-winning musical,now adapted into a lavishly illustrated bookInto the Woods is the imaginative account of what happens when the lives of new and old fairy-tale characters dramatically and humorously come together. Cinderella, Jack (of bean-stalk fame), Little Red Ridinghood, and...


Getting to Know Him
Hugh Fordin
0306806681
Sept 1995
Paperback
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Midwest Book Review
Oscar Hammerstein II was born in New York City in 1895. His first success came in 1924 with Rose-Marie; the following year he began a twenty-year association with composer Jerome Kern. Their eight musicals included the 1927 hit Show Boat. But it was with Richard Rodgers that Hammerstein forged his most memorable partnership. From 1942 until Hammerstein's death in 1960, the team wrote eleven musicals which have collectively earned an astounding 26 Tony awards, 14 Academy awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, and two Grammy awards. One hundred years after he was born, Hammerstein's accomplishments are more timely than ever as productions of his musicals continue in record numbers around the world. In Getting To Know Him: A Biography Of Oscar Hammerstein II, biographer Hugh Fordin draws on archives and interviews with...


How Sondheim Found His Sound
Steve Swayne
0472114972
August 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
There have been so many books written about Stephen Sondheim and his revolutionary scores that it's hard to believe anything's left to analyze. But Swayne has found a new angle, and in this scholarly tome, he examines the impact other artists and mediums have had on Sondheim's work. The Dartmouth music professor offers some fascinating and fresh insights into possible inspirations behind characters and musical moments in shows including Follies, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George and Passion, citing classical and Broadway composers Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and Arlen, as well as dramatists like Sondheim mentor Oscar Hammerstein and, most intriguingly, French new wave filmmaker Alain Resnais. The author probes Sondheim's past and excavates his classical record collection, student papers and...


Art Isn't Easy: The Theatre of Stephen Sondheim
Joanne Lesley Gordon
0306804689
March 1992
Paperback
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Sondheim
Martin Gottfried
0810941791
April 2000
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
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...


Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Larry Gelbart
0613503112
May 1991
Hardcover
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Book Description
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart Introduction by Larry Gelbart "This brazenly retro Broadway musical, inspired by Plautus, is as timeless as comedy itself." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times * "The most urbane and literate musical comedy text ever conceived." - John Simon, New York Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology V. 1 Soprano, Vol. 1
Kurt Weill
0881885460
January 1986
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
The most comprehensive collection of Broadway selections ever organized specifically for the singer. Each of the five volumes contains important songs chosen because of their appropriateness to that particular voice type. All selections are in their authentic form, excerpted from the original vocal scores. The songs in The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology, written by such noted composers as Kurt Weill, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, and Jerome Kern, are vocal masterpieces ideal for the auditioning, practicing or performing vocalists. 46 songs, including: Where Or When * If I Loved You * Goodnight, My Someone * Smoke Gets In Your Eyes * Barbara Song * more.


West Side Story
Stephen Sondheim
0634046756
Feb 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
We are proud to present this songbook featuring 8 piano/vocal selections from this timeless musical by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Includes these classic songs: America * Cool * I Feel Pretty * Maria * One Hand, One Heart * Something's Coming * Somewhere * Tonight.


Gypsy - Broadway Revival Edition
Stephen Sondheim
0634064835
Oct 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Our Vocal Selections songbook is a great collector's edition celebrating the latest Broadway revival of Gypsy, starring Bernadette Peters. In addition to piano/vocal/guitar arrangements of 11 fantastic songs, you get a history of the past stage and screen incarnations the show, listing opening dates and locations, as well as principal cast members, directors and choreographers. Songs: All I Need Is the Girl * Everything's Coming Up Roses * If Momma Was Married * Let Me Entertain You * Little Lamb * Rose's Turn * Small World * Some People * Together Wherever We Go * You Gotta Have a Gimmick * You'll Never Get Away from Me.


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Stephen Sondheim
1557830665
May 2000
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Book by Hugh Wheeler Introduction by Christopher Bond "Mr. Sondheim fearlessly explores psychic caverns where civilized people are not dying to go ... A naked Sweeney Todd stands revealed as a musical of naked rage, chewing up everyone in its path as it spits out blood and tears." - Frank Rich, The New York Times * "A work of such scope and such daring that it dwarfs every other Broadway musical that even attempts to invite comparison." - Rex Reed, New York Daily News


Stephen Sondheim: A Casebook
Joanne Gordon (Editor)
081532054X
August 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
Stephen Sondheim is an artist with many contradictory facets: he is an avant-garde composer and lyricist working in the populist art form, an apparently dry and acerbic critic who captures all the ambivalent pain of passion, an intellectual whose work contains some of the funniest bawdy lines on the Broadway stage. He has chosen to confront an audience that is usually looking for escapist literature with the very issues it has fled to the theatre to avoid.
This collection of original essays takes particular pains to present Sondheim's diversity in a chronological plan that illustrates how each new work grew out of the previous one. Some of the topics covered are the evolution of Sondheim's female characters, who take us far beyond the usual sweet ingenues; the Roman farce antecedents of A Funny Thing...


Into the Woods
Stephen Sondheim
0743232909
Mar 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This picture book-adaptation of the Broadway musical brings together many favorite characters in one tale, including the childless baker and his wife, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack with his beanstalk. Talbott's adaptation retains the flavor of Sondheim's lyrics, and those who know the score will find themselves singing along. All ages.Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
The Tony Award-winning musical,now adapted into a lavishly illustrated bookInto the Woods is the imaginative account of what happens when the lives of new and old fairy-tale characters dramatically and humorously come together. Cinderella, Jack (of bean-stalk fame), Little Red Ridinghood, and the Baker and his Wife set out for the forest on a quest to...


Stephen Sondheim: A Casebook
Joanne Gordon (Editor)
0815335865
June 2000
Paperback
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Book Description


All Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
0769200419
Nov 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Titles include: All Things Bright and Beautiful (Marry Me a Lttle) * Fear No More (The Frogs) * The Glamorous Life (A Little Night Music) * Good Thing Going (Merrily We Roll Along) * Isn't It (You're Gonna Love Tomorrow) * Sunday (Sunday in the Park with George) and many more.


A Little Night Music
Stephen Sondheim
0769200494
Mar 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Titles: A Little Night Music * Remember? * You Must Meet My Wife * Liasons * Every Day a Little Death * Send in the Clowns * The Miller's Son.


Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber: The New Musical
Stephen Citron
0195096010
September 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Third in Stephen Citron's Great Songwriters series, Sondheim & Lloyd-Webber: The New Musical (preceded by Noel & Cole and The Wordsmiths) demonstrates how musical theater "has done a total about-face" since its inception. Just compare classics like Anything Goes, Oliver! or Guys and Dolls to Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, Rent and The Full Monty, says musicologist, composer and lyricist Citron, to notice the glaring differences between shows made between the 1920s and '60s ("It was a time when plot was secondary") and those made since that time, which have "gone in several directions" including the "oversize theatricality" of Lloyd-Webber and the "intellectual stimulation" of Sondheim. Tracing the two lives from childhood through early careers (initially, Sondheim was solely a lyricist, Lloyd-Webber solely...

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