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Stephen Sondheim A Casebook Book

Paperback Pages: 260 Edited By Joanne Gordon

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  • Cat Number: 815335865
  • Barcode: 9780815335863
  • Release Date: May 11, 2005

This collection of original essays takes particular pains to present Sondheim's diversity in a chronological plan that illustrates how each new work grew out of the previous one. Some of the topics covered are the evolution of Sondheim's female characters who take us far beyond the usual sweet ingenues the Roman farce antecedents of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the resemblances between Sondheim's chorus and the chorus in ancient Greek drama Sondheim and the "concept" musical and Sondheim's maturingphilosophy. All students of the modern theatre and the modern musical will want to read this book. Paperback

Stephen Sondheim is an artist with many contradictory facets: he is an avant-garde composer and lyricist working in the populist art form an apparently dry and acerbic critic who captures all the ambivalent pain of passion an intellectual whose work contains some of the funniest bawdy lines on the Broadway stage. He has chosen to confront an audience that is usually looking for escapist literature with the very issues it has fled to the theatre to avoid.

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