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Episode 2
Stephen Sondheim 'on theatre lyrics' – Part 2


In part two of Stephen Sondheim on theatre lyrics, Mr. Sondheim reveals the "one secret of lyric writing worth selling." He discusses playwriting principles that impact lyrics while recounting the collaborations that have left him with the wisdom he passes along to lyricists as well as playwrights.

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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).