Chris's Reviews > Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1954-1981, With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines, and Anecdotes

Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim
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Jan 12, 11

bookshelves: music, plays
Read in January, 2011

Pretty much what it says on the tin. Sondheim's lyrics and his memories for the period in question. You don't read this sort of thing cover-to-cover, usually; I read the sections for shows I especially love. If you're a fan, you probably own this already, or are planning to. I heartily recommend you do. It's worth the purchase and will repay return visits as you see and hear these scores again. Every page is full of character. There's a little less technical songcraft here than the preface might lead us to believe, and a few more personal and theatrical anecdotes-- but I've no complaints on that score.
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