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Explores the life and work of the composer of such distictive theatrical creations as Sweeney Todd, Pacific Overtures, and West Side Story
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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.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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