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Art Isn't Easy: The Theater Of Stephen Sondheim
The musical theatre of Stephen Sondheim probes deeply into the most disturbing issues of contemporary life. By challenging his audience with intricate music, biting wit, and profound themes, he flouts the traditional wisdom of the musical theatre. Tracing Sondheim's career from his initial success as lyricist for "West Side Story" and "Gypsy" to his most recent work - "Int ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published March 22nd 1992 by Da Capo Press
(first published March 21st 1992)
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Well, this is an extraordinarily annoying read. I've studied musical theater for well over 40 years, and have written numerous produced musicals. The author of this book is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of Sondheim, and basically credits him with creating the world ion 6 days, improving upon the previous model. He can essentially do little wrong, and created the modern musical single-handedly. Her understanding of the history of the musical - what came before Sondheim - is just about small to none. She ...more