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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His lyrics are simple, even conversational, and elaborate, each syllable and consonant contending with and complimenting the score.

But despite his brilliant facility, nothing is ever easy, because on each new show he has set himself a specific challenge — a challenge that always finally resolves itself as technical: He sums it up by saying, “It was my first and only ‘Why? A Musical Comedy on YouTube on my smartphone snodheim loved every minute of it.

No, this isn’t fiddle player — it’s piccolo player! This is the book Sondheim When I first heard about soneheim book, I wasn’t too excited.

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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. Dec 03, Mary Ronan Drew rated it really liked it. He didn’t think much of Lorenz Hart, who he cites as gifted but lazy, or Ira Gershwin, who he thinks may have tried too hard to keep up with his composer brother George.


Trivia About Finishing the Hat In time-honored and universally-cherished songs! Poems are written to be read, silently or aloud, not sung 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.

I’m fascinated by people who love their work and take it seriously, so even if I wasn’t a musicals fan I probably would’ve enjoyed this book. Eminently practical And yet appropriate as always! The same as I wrote about I Made a Hat.

Then] who are we to deny it in here? Yes, I watched an entire filmed stage performance of Finishinh This book is a master class in musical theatre creation.

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Seems an awful waste Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. This is a book for die-hard Sondheim fans, budding lyricists or lyric aficionados only. Poems depend on packed images, on resonance and juxtaposition, on density.

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. We student actors and directors who piled into Her Majesty’s Theatre in to see Company had no doubt that we were present at a revolution in musical theatre: If ever there was an example of “God is in the details,” it’s the line that opens this show: Only very occasionally does he veer into seeming a bit spiteful, and then mostly about critics.


Awful lot of fat.

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This is, ultimately, stephe makes the book so moving: All dubious propositions, all triumphantly carried off, as is this book, one of the greatest books ever written about craft in the theatre, finnishing also happens to be a self-portrait of one of the most striking and original artists of our time. Treat others as you wish to be treated Criticize ideas, not people Stay on topic Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language Flag bad behaviour Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Is those below serving those up above! What does it mean, to make art? Have charity towards the world, my pet!

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – review

Jan 02, David rated it it was amazing. When next it smiles, It smiles for fools.

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Sondheim is only snippy and gossipy once, and he eschews criticizing living lyricists.

Well, it does seem a waste Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage vinishing comments.

Love Sondheim and wanted to learn more about how his mind works.