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On Sondheim [electronic resource]: An Opinionated Guide

Ethan Mordden
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
New York City : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Language
English
ISBN
9780199394814
Summary
"In On Sondheim, renowned author Ethan Mordden takes the reader on a tour of Stephen Sondheim's work, arguing for the importance and appeal of the composer-lyricist in American theater and, even more, in American culture. Over the course of eighteen shows, Mordden demonstrates that Sondheim is a classical composer who happens to write musicals. Sondheim has intellectualized the musical by tackling serious content usually reserved for the spoken stage: nonconformism (in Anyone Can Whistle, 1964), history (in Pacific Overtures, 1976), and cannibalism as a metaphor for class warfare (Sweeney Todd, 1979). Yet his work combines complex music and intellectual plots with a masterly skill for the fabric of theatre. His shows are all intensely theatrical, produced with flair and brilliance, whether in the lush operetta of A Little Night Music (1973) or the quixotic fairy-tale magic of Into the Woods (1987). Mordden provides fresh insights and analyses of every Sondheim show, from his first hit (West Side Story, 1957) to his most recent title (Road Show, 2008). Each musical has a dedicated chapter, including articles on Sondheim's life and his major influences, and comprehensive bibliographical and discographical essays place the Sondheim literature and recordings in perspective. Writing with his usual blend of the scholarly and the popular - with a wicked sense of humor - Ethan Mordden reveals why Stephen Sondheim has become Broadway's most significant voice in the last fifty years." -- Publisher's description
Contents
  • Sondheim's chronology
  • An introduction to Sondheim's life and art
  • Sondheim's mentors and the concept musical
  • Sondheim's shows
  • Saturday night
  • West side story
  • Gypsy
  • A funny thing happened on the way to the forum
  • Anyone can whistle
  • Do I hear a waltz?
  • Company
  • Follies
  • A little night music
  • Pacific overtures
  • Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street
  • Merrily we roll along
  • Sunday in the park with George
  • Into the woods
  • Assassins
  • Passion
  • The frogs
  • Road show
  • Sondheim on film.
Description
Mode of access: World wide Web.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 158-167), discographies (pages 168-186), and index.
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