A biography of stephen sondheim an american playwright

This Stephen Sondheim plays list includes promotional photos when available, as well as information about co-writers and Stephen Sondheim characters. The Cleveland Jewish News reported on their Oberlin appearance: "Sondheim said: 'Movies are photographs; the stage is larger than life.

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Sondheim took a dim view of today's musicals. Reference Ayers and Sondheim met as ushers at a wedding, and Ayers commissioned Sondheim for three songs for the show; Julius Epstein flew in from California and hired Sondheim, who worked with him in California for four or five months.

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As composer and lyricist[ edit ] The first musical for which Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forumwhich opened in and ran for performances.

I had always thought an angel came down and sat on your shoulder and whispered in your ear 'dah-dah-dah-DUM. Sondheim later said he wished "someone stuffed a handkerchief in my mouth because it would have been nice to get that extra percentage". Learn More in these related Britannica articles:.

Two years later, however, his Anyone Can Whistle closed after only nine performances.

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After contributing lyrics to Do I Hear a Waltz? Sondheim explained to biographer Secrest that he was "what they call an institutionalized child, meaning one who has no contact with any kind of family.

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I've checked with other people. He asked Gilbert for permission to use his idea; although Gilbert offered to write the book, Sondheim had Weidman in mind. Sondheim took a dim view of today's musicals. A good deal of pop music has interesting lyrics, but they are not theater lyrics". According to Sondheim and director Paul Bogart , the musical was written only because Goldman needed money for rent. Under the tutelage of a family friend, Oscar Hammerstein II , he studied musical theatre. Awards Sondheim has claimed eight Tony Awards, a record for a composer, as well as eight Grammy Awards. After contributing lyrics to Do I Hear a Waltz? According to Sondheim's music director, Paul Gemignani , "Part of Steve's ability is this extraordinary versatility. Sondheim's next theater project was similarly high profile: He teamed up with composer Jule Styne to write the lyrics for Gypsy, which opened in with Ethel Merman as its star. In the early s Sondheim wrote scripts in Hollywood for the television series Topper. He also studied music at Williams College , Williamstown , Massachusetts, and wrote college shows there. Although Richard Rodgers and Sondheim agreed that the original play did not lend itself to musicalization, they began writing the musical version.

It seemed experimental and fresh 20 years ago.

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