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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Try the friar, Fried, it’s drier! Excerpted from Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim.

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Here, the word “others” was the only word that I wanted to use, and I couldn’t avoid the juxtaposition. Seems a downright shame Dec 25, Ilyse rated it really liked shephen Shelves: I find this to be an arrogantly myopic and unnecessary conceit.

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Sondheim is on the council of the Dramatists… More about Stephen Sondheim. In the movies, life is finer, Life is cleaner.

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – review

Nice sondhiem have, but, really, not that necessary, since — ahem — I already know them all by heart. He reprints the lyrics and offers side remarks as to what was going on at the times these shows were composed. Feb 22, Stephanie Sun rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 07, Schmacko rated it it was amazing. You would be wrong.


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Sondheim claims that collections of song lyrics are superfluous given the existence of performable shows and extant recordings. We’ll take the customers that we can get! Jan 03, Stuart rated it it was amazing.

To mark his 80th birthday year, musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim appraises his long career and dissects his own lyrics from West Side Story to Sweeney Todd.

Anyone who can toss off lines as clever as: Songs you love and know by heart! Even when you don’t his unquestionable genius is so well articulated One of the best books I have ever read on the subject of theater and the process of making theater- a must for anybody in the industry.

I don’t ultimately see a distinction between the creative abilities of human versus artificial intelligence; I just think that any effective artistic statement requires variation among a set of one or many factors including changeable rules and input while strict adherence to a tne approach will be sterile. Dec 30, Elaine added it.

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 finishnig it was a great film I did enjoy the lyrics. It is a welcome addition to the libraries of all those who care about the stage musicals that are one of the few ‘unique offerings’ of this country to the world of music.

Read most recent letters to the editor. Reading this book was like having Beethoven explain his symphonies to you in a conversational style. His candor also extends to his own mistakes, and at a few points, he charmingly and humbly points out a line of his own that is not quite right before inviting the reader to let him know if he or she comes up with a better option.


Reading lyrics is kind of hard, especially if you don’t know the tune. Act II is already on the stocks. View all 11 comments. Steephen 09, Abby rated it really liked it. Lovely bit of clerk. Can’t wait for part two! I mean, yeah, I don’t know how else to rate this.

Finishing the Hat

When I heard about this book, I was prepared to like it. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will finishng be able to engage with them in any way. The amount of cut songs in here is mind-blowing.

Sondheim introduces each show, includes the lyrics to songs that were cut, and explains the dynamics between him and the producer, director, writer of the book, choreographer, and composer if he was writing only the lyrics, as in West Side Story. Early on he says that to him teaching is a sacred profession: Sondheim makes no bones about being thhe opinionated and rigid when it comes to the subject of lyric writing.