- By Susan Goldman Rubin

Sondheim: The Man Who Changed Musical Theater

  • Title: Sondheim: The Man Who Changed Musical Theater
  • Author: Susan Goldman Rubin
  • ISBN: 9781596438842
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sondheim The Man Who Changed Musical Theater Talented lyricist and composer Innovative collaborator Musical visionary Go behind the scenes of Stephen Sondheim s most celebrated musicals in this in depth look at his life and career In high school

    Talented lyricist and composer Innovative collaborator Musical visionary Go behind the scenes of Stephen Sondheim s most celebrated musicals in this in depth look at his life and career.In high school, Stephen Sondheim put a script in front of his friend and mentor Oscar Hammerstein I want you to treat this as if it were a script that just came across your desk, SondTalented lyricist and composer Innovative collaborator Musical visionary Go behind the scenes of Stephen Sondheim s most celebrated musicals in this in depth look at his life and career.In high school, Stephen Sondheim put a script in front of his friend and mentor Oscar Hammerstein I want you to treat this as if it were a script that just came across your desk, Sondheim told the older man In that case, it s the worst thing I ever read So Stephen Sondheim kept writing He kept composing and in time he became the greatest composer Broadway had ever seen Beginning with the opening night of the classic musical West Side Story in 1957, and tracing Stephen s life from boyhood to his struggles as an up and coming Broadway composer lyricist to a musical theater legend, Susan Rubin s Putting It Together draws readers into the passionate, tumultuous, and musical world of Stephen Sondheim.

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    1. Growing up in a bedroom community of New York, we would always see commercials for the various successes on Broadway. And, many times we would line up at the TKTS booth and actually be able to afford to go see some of the wonderful shows we had seen advertised. Thus, reading a biography about Stephen Sondheim is not just really interesting, but is also a trip down memory lane for any theater lover. Susan Goldman Rubin's book is an easy to read and engaging overview of Sondheim's life and oeuvre. [...]

    2. I am deeply confused by this book. The first 143 pages cover the first thirty years of Sondheim's career (1957-1987). The last four pages cover the second twenty-eight years (1987-2015; it will be an even thirty years by the time the book is released in 2017). I mean I just what?!He has written actual shows since 1987 - granted, only five of them, compared to the fourteen he did before that (if you start with West Side Story). None of them were big hits, but Merrily We Roll Along was a notorious [...]

    3. Stephan Sondheim was a huge force in musical theater and is credited with contributing music, lyrics, and sometimes the story to twenty-three shows, some which were made into films or TV productions. This book covers those shows, some in more detail than others. There is some biographical information about Sondheim, although I would have enjoyed reading a bit more on the life of the man himself. There are plenty of black-and-white photographs throughout as well as a list and summary of works at [...]

    4. This book was very well researched and well written, and I was happy to see a teen non-fic book focused on Sondheim. I will say that much more of the book is spent discussing his works than his life, and while certainly his life cannot be examined entirely separately from his works, I feel that more time should have been spent on his personal life for this to truly be called a biography. That said, as a huge Sondheim fan I thought that the discussion of his works was generally complete (though I [...]

    5. I received this ARC from giveaways. It is a fast, easy read. Enjoyed learning about Sondheim and all of his accomplishments. Not an in depth book, but included enough to satisfy by curiosity about the man.

    6. Very insightful and interesting book. I plan in going behind the scenes in theater, so I found this book even more fascinating! He was a truly talented artist.

    7. Steve Sondheim truly changed musical theater. Susan Goldman-Rubin has done a solid job of bringing the evolution of his talent to life. It is interesting to have the behind the curtain look at how a musical play goes from idea to the stage as well as how the famous and not so famous Sondheim made their way to the stage. The book is a quick, easy, and enjoyable read.I won this book via a giveaway.

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