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Art Isn't Easy: The Theater of Stephen Sondheim

 
 
 
 
Art Isn't Easy: The Theater of Stephen Sondheim
Author: Joanne Gordon
ISBN 13: 9780306804687
ISBN 10: 306804689
Edition: Revised
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: 1992-03-22
Format: Paperback
Pages: 376
List Price: $21.00
 
 

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 - "Into the Woods" and "Assassins" - Joanne Gordon emphasizes not only the disturbing content of Sondheim's work, but his innovative use of form. In shows such as "A Little Night Music", "Sweeney Todd", and "Sunday in the Park with George", Sondheim's music and lyrics are inextricably woven into the fabric of the entire work.

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A reprint of the Southern Illinois University Press edition of 1990, with the addition of a new chapter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)