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Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

Geoffrey Block

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167306
eISBN:
9780199849840
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

What was the inspiration for Rodgers and Hart's Pal Joey, or Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel? Why is Marias impassioned final speech in West Side Story spoken, rather than sung? This book offers ... More


Williams College Before, During, and After Sondheim

Steve Swayne

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The chapter provides a portrait of Williams College during Stephen Sondheim’s student years and details his activities, both in the theater and as a budding critic and comic writer in student ... More


Sondheim’s Whiteness

Todd Decker

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Inviting readers to consider race in musical theater from a new critical perspective, this chapter thoroughly unpacks the construction of “whiteness” throughout Sondheim’s oeuvre, taking into account ... More


Stephen Sondheim: Born: March 22, 1930, New York, New York

Steven Suskin

in Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195314076
eISBN:
9780199852734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0023
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Stephen Sondheim. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Sondheim moved at the age ... More


“Nearly everything I wrote”: Sondheim and the Actors Studio

Jeffrey Magee

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The chapter establishes the significant impact of Sondheim’s encounter with the Actors Studio in the mid-1950s and the role of Arthur Laurents in the development of Sondheim’s dramatic sensibility. ... More


Breakout from the Asylum of Conformity: Sondheim, Laurents, and the Dramaturgy of Anyone Can Whistle

James O’Leary

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The chapter establishes Anyone Can Whistle (1964) as a watershed work in Stephen Sondheim’s career, a work that the composer considered to be the breakout score in which he discovered his voice, ... More


West Side Story: The Very Model of a Major Musical

Geoffrey Block

in Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167306
eISBN:
9780199849840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

West Side Story, a collaboration of four extraordinary individuals Jerome Robbins (choreographer and director), Arthur Laurents (librettist), Leonard Bernstein (composer), and ... More


Sweeney’s Identity Crisis and the Dynamic Potential of Generic Hybridity

Kim H. Kowalke

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter is devoted to the astonishing career of Sweeney Todd. Although many of Sondheim’s other works are also generic hybrids, none comes close to the multiplicity and ambiguity inherent in ... More


Sexual Identity in Company, 1969–2019

Andrew Buchman

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Drawing on manuscript study, the chapter documents in detail Sondheim’s role in shaping the multiple versions of the script of Company, focusing particularly on issues of sexuality in the ... More


Sunday in the Park with Sondheim, Lapine, Seurat, and Babbitt

Lara E. Housez

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The chapter offers a highly detailed analysis of Sunday in the Park with George and reveals the intricate connections that exist at seemingly every level between the first and second acts in this ... More


“A sad and listless affair”: The Unsung Film Adaptation of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music

Geoffrey Block

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter counters received critical opinion and Sondheim’s own negative views by coming to the defense of the 1978 film adaptation of A Little Night Music, a musical that was itself based on a ... More


Time and Time Again: Temporal Structures in Sondheim’s Musicals

Jim Lovensheimer

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter explores Sondheim’s treatment of time throughout his musicals, focusing on the works in which time and memory are central topics and in which presentation of narrative time is anything ... More


An Introduction to Sondheim’s Life and Art

Ethan Mordden

in On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199394814
eISBN:
9780199394999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This introductory chapter describes the life and subsequent Broadway career of American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Born into an upper-middle class family in New York, Sondheim enjoyed ... More


On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Ethan Mordden

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199394814
eISBN:
9780199394999
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Stephen Sondheim’s Company appeared in 1970, and the American musical theatre has never been the same. The adventures of a bachelor and his married friends, Company exploded the musical’s traditional ... More


Fragments of Fairyland: Sondheim’s Abandoned Adaptation of Mary Poppins

Dominic McHugh

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Based on a detailed study of the surviving manuscripts, the chapter explores Sondheim’s abandoned effort to adapt P. L. Travers’s Mary Poppins stories for the musical stage, a project Sondheim ... More


Students Performing Gender with Sondheim’s Musicals in the Age of #MeToo

Stacy Wolf

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Based on extensive interviews and study of recent productions, this chapter explores what Stephen Sondheim’s works signify on college campuses today, particularly in terms of his representations of ... More


Politics, Representation, and Collaboration in Pacific Overtures (1976)

Ashley M. Pribyl

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The chapter discusses the one Sondheim musical that emphatically sought to represent nonwhite characters in an exotic setting and to feature performers of color: Pacific Overtures (1976). It traces ... More


Sondheim and the 11 O’clock Principle

Elizabeth A. Wells

in Sondheim in Our Time and His

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.003.0014
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The chapter demonstrates how Sondheim manages to complicate and make intriguing even such a seemingly standard Broadway convention as the 11 o’clock number. It suggests that Sondheim created an “11 ... More


Sondheim in Our Time and His

W. Anthony Sheppard (ed.)

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780197603192
eISBN:
9780197603239
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197603192.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Sondheim in Our Time and His offers a wide-ranging historical investigation of the landmark works and extraordinary career of Stephen Sondheim, a career that has spanned much of the history of ... More


Conclusions? or, Contemporary Representations and Reception

W. Anthony Sheppard

in Extreme Exoticism: Japan in the American Musical Imagination

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190072704
eISBN:
9780190072735
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190072704.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on examples of American japonisme and interactions with traditional Japanese culture from the past few decades, thereby revealing connections with older representational ... More


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