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"A well-written, engaging account--simultaneously successful as critical history and biographical study--by an author obviously in love with his subject."
"Well worth reading. He supplies a great deal of fascinating biographical information; his musical analyses are blessedly easy to follow; he quotes extensively from critics, and points out positive qualities in both composers which have often been overlooked."
--Times Literary Supplement
Posted July 16, 2002
Citron's research methods here leave much to be desired, as there are way too many factual errors. The first, and most laughable, is the hypenation of Lloyd Webber's last name throughout the book. Even a new scholar/biographer would at least spell his subject's last name correctly. Also there are many condescending remarks by the author, about musical theatre in general and these composers, that destroy any objectivity and therefore his credibility. Some of his remarks are even backhanded--saying that Sondheim and Lloyd Webber only won Tonys due to lack of credible competition on Broadway. What about the years that they have lost Tonys to others? Save your money.
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