Stephen Sondheim has won seven Tonys, an Academy Award, seven Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize and the Kennedy Center Honors. His career. Written By Stephen Sondheim. Cover By. Finishing the Hat (From “Sunday in the Park with George”) by Josh Groban · Finishing the Hat by Kelli O’Hara. “A printed collection [of lyrics],” says Stephen Sondheim at the beginning of Finishing the Hat, “is a dubious proposition.” Indeed: like making a.

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Is that squire, Stephem the fire? He was artist enough, however, to finish off this part of the statue with as much care as he had devoted to her face and her arms and the torch and everything that people can see as they sail up the bay.

He could not have dreamt that any man would ever fly over this head and take a picture of it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Finishing the Hat

Lists with This Book. Light verse is complete unto itself. The same as I wrote about I Made a Hat. Threaded throughout the lyrics are Sondheim’s notes about specific songs and the conditions of their writing, as well as how and why he made certain creative decisions.

If buying new, the canny consumer can usually get a discount if the two vols. Read it Forward Read it first. Dec 30, Elaine added it. He discusses how difficult it was to work with Jerome Robbins, but cites several instances when Robbins’ genius saved the day. Try the financier, Peak of his career! Sondheim’s career has spanned more than half a century and his lyrics have become synonymous with musical theater and popular culture.


Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. If you love musicals it will be a fun if kind of geeky read.

He is as smart, reflective and analytical as he is talented. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it stdphen letters globeandmail. When I heard about this book, I was prepared to like it. Then] who are we to deny it in here?

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He just writes and writes and writes and keeps going until it’s done, and then still keeps going after it’s done.

Then blow on it first! Views Read Edit View history. I’ve moved on to the second volume. Trouble is, we only get it on Sundays! It is about the grain of sand that produces the pearl and is indeed as honest and simple as that pearl. Sondheim approaches his calling via the lyrics stephem, but since good lyrics in musical theater are essentially storytelling, directors, composers, playwrights, actors and pretty much everyone else associated with the thw will get plenty out of this book- whether you agree with Stephen or not.

Then again, they steephen commit sins of the flesh, So it’s pretty fresh.


This is the book Sondheim fans have been waiting for, and it was a great, great pleasure to read it. He sums it up by saying, “It was my first and only ‘Why? I saw A Little Night Music last December so that helped, and while reading the lyrics to Sweeney Todd I thought back to the film, and while I didn’t think it was a great film I did enjoy the lyrics. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jan 01, John rated it it was amazing.

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – review

His career has spanned more than half a century, his lyrics have become synonymous with musical theater and popular culture, and in Finishing the Hat —titled after perhaps his most autobiographical song, from Tinishing in the Park with George —Sondheim has not only collected his lyrics for the first time, he is giving readers a rare personal look into his life finisshing well as his remarkable productions.

He comments on none who are still living, though — “speaking ill exclusively of the dead seems to me the gentlemanly thing to do,” he writes.

Here we are, now! The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. High-born and low, my love!

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