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Ten years ago, The New York Times was already lauding Stephen Sondheim as "the Broadway musical's last greatest artist." Since this talented lyricist made his Great White Way debut in 1957's West Side Story, he has garnered seven Tonys, seven Grammys, an Oscar, and a Pulitzer Prize. Finishing the Hat (which takes its title from a song from Sunday in the Park with George) does what no book before it has: It collects the lyrics for all Sondheim productions from 1957 to 1981. Thus, it contains all his songs for West Side Story, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd. Just as importantly, this extraordinary book offers rare, even unique glimpses into his career and his creative relationships with Oscar Hammerstein II, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Ethel Merman, Richard Rodgers, Angela Lansbury, and others.