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Episode 1
Stephen Sondheim 'on theatre lyrics' – Part 1


It isn't every day you have the opportunity to hear from a master composer and lyricist on the principles and influences that helped shape a career unparalleled in the American theatre.

In a session originally titled "Theatre Lyrics," Council member and former President of The Dramatists Guild, Stephen Sondheim, discusses the principles of lyric writing behind some of his most notable works: Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Gypsy, and West Side Story.

In this conversation with Guild members, Stephen Sondheim goes in depth to share his experienced perspective on craft, while sharing insight on works of Oscar Hammerstein and Cole Porter as well as his own.

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STEPHEN SONDHEIM (born March 22, 1930)

Composer, Lyricist

Stephen Sondheim has received multiple Tony Awards, including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, multiple Grammy Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Works include: Saturday Night (1954) (book by Julius J. Epstein); West Side Story (1957) (music by Leonard Bernstein; book by Arthur Laurents); Gypsy (1959) (music by Jule Styne; book by Arthur Laurents); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962) (book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart); Anyone Can Whistle (1964) (book by Arthur Laurents); Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) (music by Richard Rodgers; book by Arthur Laurents); Company (1970) (book by George Furth); Follies (1971) (book by James Goldman); A Little Night Music (1973) (book by Hugh Wheeler); Pacific Overtures (1976) (book by John Weidman); Sweeney Todd (1979) (book by Hugh Wheeler); Merrily We Roll Along (1981) (book by George Furth); Sunday in the Park with George (1984) (book by James Lapine); Into the Woods (1987) (book by James Lapine); Assassins (1990) (book by John Weidman); Passion (1994) (book by James Lapine); Road Show (2003) (book by John Weidman).