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This volume tells the complete story of Sondheim's remarkable career - from his earliest days under the wing of Oscar Hammerstein II, through his latest controversial musical, Assassins. In between is Sondheim's brilliant but largely unheralded work as a lyric writer for Leonard Bernstein (in West Side Story) and Jule Styne (in Gypsy), his first experience writing both mus ...more
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 1993)
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This book served as a nice counterpoint to Meryle Secrest's biography, which is focused on Sondheim's personal life. Gottfried's book is much more about the work, and specifically Sondheim's lyrical genius. The section on Sweeney Todd is particularly compelling in its detail. Gottfried obviously has great respect for Sondheim, but takes him to task when he thinks a lyric or a plot point is lame -- it's refreshing to see such a balanced approach.
Rick Rapp
So interesting. This man is truly a genius. The American musical will never be the same because of him.
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Martin Gottfried, is a New York drama critic for forty years and the author of five biographies and two books of theater criticism.

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