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 ยท 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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He might seem like a grump at times for nitpicking lyrics or for his unsparing accounts of theatre critics, but–by George–he’s right.

An excerpt from Stephen Sondheim’s “Finishing The Hat”

He reprints the lyrics and offers side remarks as to what was going on at the times these shows were composed. It was published on October 29, by Alfred A. Sondheim makes no bones about being both opinionated and rigid when it comes to the subject of lyric writing.

Gilbert or Gilbert and Sullivan fame. He has been described by Frank Rich in the The New York Times as “the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater.

I saw A Little Night Music last December so that helped, and while reading the lyrics to Sweeney Todd I thought sondyeim to the film, and while I didn’t think it was a great film I did ffinishing the lyrics. Finlshing as I like this song, the sound of “others” still makes the word a wrong choice.

A Musical Comedy on YouTube on my smartphone and loved every minute spndheim it. Next week, so I’m told! Really really looking forward to the 2nd volume of this, so we can dig into Assassins and the second acts of Sunday In the Park With George and Into the Woods, about which I have Opinions, so I cannot wait to see how they mesh and clash with His opinions. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


I’m a lyricist so this is more than just a book for me. Take, for instance, Mrs. I’m hard pressed to imagine a curmudgeon I’d sgephen read.

It has to not only make sense, but it has to rhyme. The same as I wrote about I Made a Hat. I went to our miniscule Matilda J. If you like to understand the minds of engaging eccentrics practicing their craft, you’ll find this book amusing even if you ignore the lyrics. Even when you don’t his unquestionable genius is so well articulated One of the best books I have ever read on the subject of theater and the process of making theater- a must for anybody in the industry.

Sondheim introduces each show, includes the lyrics to songs that were cut, finjshing explains the dynamics between him and the producer, director, writer of the book, choreographer, and composer if he was writing only the lyrics, as in There is nobody like Sondheim. Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles.

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How gratifying for once to know BOTH: Try the friar, Fried, it’s drier! True, we don’t have judge yet, snodheim we’ve got something you might fancy even better. I know almost all of the tidbits included with the lyrics, but if you’re just a casual fan of musicals, you probably don’t know them and many are amusing. I appreciated soncheim he sets the groundrules up front, and follows them throughout. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. A Bow for Mr.

Jan 01, John rated it it was amazing. This book is a master class in musical theatre creation. I mean, yeah, I don’t know how else to rate this. Early on he says that to him teaching is a sacred profession: 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.

But if you want to know the essentials behind world-class lyric writing, careful reading of these lyrics will prove rewarding. How it used to be, how it is, and how it might be one day. His skin was pale and his eye was odd. Mar 07, Hal rated it really liked it. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. He discusses how difficult it was to work with Jerome Robbins, but cites several instances when Robbins’ genius saved the day.

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Oct 26, Pages. Best of all, Sondheim appraises his work and dissects his lyrics, as well as those of others, offering unparalleled insights into songwriting that will be studied by fans and aspiring songwriters for years to come.

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Only where it sat. Open this photo in gallery: High-born and low, my love! Please try again later. Sondheim is brilliant, not only at what he has done for a living, but also as a thinker and philosopher and pundit.

If it’s for a price. Because man finiwhing he have to work with constraints.

All dubious propositions, all triumphantly carried off, as is this book, one of the greatest books ever written about craft in the theatre, which also happens to be a self-portrait of one of the most striking and original artists of our time. To style this generous coffee-table-ish book, in part, “Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes” may have been a little too self-deprecating, but in so doing, Sondheim did grant himself leave to digress, which he does upon occasion.

Neither this work nor its anticipated sequel Look, I Made a Hat would have been written had not his publisher goaded him into it. Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Hammerstein also claimed that the opening number is the most important song in a musical because it establishes tone, character, information and everything in between.