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Hat Box: The Collected Lyrics

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In Hat Box, Stephen Sondheim presents his complete collected lyrics from the acclaimed Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat. This box set includes lyrics from Sondheim’s most popular shows like West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods, richly annotated with anecdotes, pointed observations, and invaluable advice from one of the greatest songwriters of our time. ThisandlikeandacclaimedIn ...more
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Published December 6th 2011 by Knopf (first published November 22nd 2011)
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To say I "read" this is an understatement. I'm still reading it, and I suspect I'll go back to it quite often, as I continue to dive into Sondheim's work.

I don't know what a non-fan would get out of this, but I suspect they'd still enjoy it, considering the frank, intelligent way he speaks about his craft. This basically doubles up as an "elements of style" or "On Writing" of lyricism.

It's easy to get lost in this book, jumping from show to show, chapter to chapter. It's
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Stephen Joshua Sondheim is an American musical and film composer and lyricist, winner of an Academy Award, multiple Tony Awards (seven, more than any other composer), multiple Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize. He has been described by Frank Rich in the The New York Times as "the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater." His most famous scores include (as composer/lyric ...more

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The Hat Box (2 books)
  • Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1954-1981, With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines, and Anecdotes
  • Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1981-2011, With Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes, and Miscellany