Art Isn't Easy: The Theater of Stephen Sondheim

Art Isn't Easy: The Theater of Stephen Sondheim

by Joanne Gordon
     
 

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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

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306804687
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Series:
Quality Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
Updated ed., 1st Da Capo Press ed
Pages:
357
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.08(d)

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Meet the Author

Joanne Gordon is Head of the Directing Program at California State University. Art Isn't Easy, writeen with the full cooperation of Sondheim himself, is her first book.

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