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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Well, good on his publisher. Mar 07, Hal rated it really liked it. I loved the sidebars describing other lyricists such as Cole Porter and Dorothy Fields.

This book takes the glass away. It is about the grain of sand that produces the pearl and is indeed as honest and simple as that pearl. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Here, the word “others” was the only word that I wanted to use, and I couldn’t avoid the juxtaposition. I know almost all of the tidbits included with the lyrics, but if you’re just a casual fan of musicals, you probably don’t know them and many are amusing.

Nov 07, willaful rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Not only does this book contain lyrics of top Broadway shows and descriptions of how they were written, it also includes information about behind the scenes strategy and politics that stepnen average person isn’t aware of that led to certain good songs hhat cut and others being altered to adapt to the srengths and weaknesses of the performers.

It is like no other writing on the subject. Light verse is complete unto itself. Have charity towards the world, my pet!

Here we are, now! We are experiencing technical difficulties. Jan 03, Stuart rated it it was amazing.

Finishing the Hat

Unless the object of the singer’s affection is a vampire, surely he meant ‘unphotogenic. When it came in and I took a closer look at it, I realized how wrong I’d been, and immediately sat down and started reading. In any case, I’m not sure why it would be a bad thing for a talented artist to demonstrate a recognizable, personal style.


Mooney and her pie shop! This book is sodnheim very well written compendium of the lyrics in every phase of their beingnotes, ideas, sondhein, and personal responses to the shows and the people involved with them. Well, he drank, It’s a bank Cashier. The anecdotes—filled with history, pointed observations and intimate details—transport us back to a time when theater was a major pillar of American culture.

His lyrics sondhekm simple, even conversational, and elaborate, each syllable and consonant contending with and complimenting the score.

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – review

Can’t wait for Volume II. There is tons of good writing advice packed in here, and a lot of fascinating critical self-dissection alo I mean, yeah, I don’t know how else to rate this. And it’s nice to see the lyricist nerd shine through – my favorite story was about the “gasp of delight” from Cole Porter at the unanticipated quadruple rhyme. This article is about the book.

I went to our community college library — which was run by my foster mom — and found even more! But fortunately, it’s also clear BOTH: Two dead, nearly 30 wounded in explosion at shopping mall in Philippines.

AND also about constraints, there are a number of examples where some of the best songs of his career were 3rd or 4th drafts, or rinishing additions to the show, written in hotel rooms in Boston. I’ve moved on to the second volume. Thanks to the happy chance of being the best friend of the son of one of the giants of American musical theatre, Oscar Hammerstein II, who all but adopted him, Sondheim sondjeim superbly well placed to learn not only his basic craft but the lofty principles of the musical play from the horse’s mouth.


Those who have read a lot on Mr. Well, you never know if it’s going to run! This is the book Sondheim When I first heard about this book, I wasn’t too excited.

If buying new, the canny consumer can usually get a discount if the two vols. Also, you cannot hear his artistic and odd, stirring composition unless you do what I did, curling up with the book and taking it slow, listening to several cast recordings and artist albums. Actually, I was expecting to find it redundant, if not nostalgia-inducing, inasmuch as I have long owned and adored copies of his scores and libretti, and near-memorized recordings of every Sondheim show save the unloveable mess that is Road Showabout which you can read my review elsewhere on Goodreads.

Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim | : Books

Sondheim claims that collections of song lyrics are superfluous given the existence of performable shows and extant recordings. But when, the year after CompanyGypsy finally arrived in London and he stood awkwardly on the stage with the composer Jule Styne as the applause went on and on at the triumphant first night, we realised sondjeim he was no guerrilla waging war on the musical, but someone deeply plugged in to its great tradition. Order something else, though, to follow, Since no one should swallow it twice!

We’ll take the customers that we can get! Show 25 25 50 All. However, I was a bit put off by his “reviews” of other writers since he really didn’t seem to like any finishimg them.