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"Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Together Wherever We Go", "Maria", and "Send in the Clowns"...what would Broadway be without American lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim?
These were not songs written for the Top 40 charts of the day. They were tailored to advance character and plot in hit musicals like "Gypsy", "West Side Story" and "A Little Night Music".
Stephen Sondheim didn't just give millions of theatregoers something to sing about, he tapped into a universal sense of longing that shaped a generation and continues to strike a chord, even today. In the year of his 80th birthday, Stephen Sondheim currently has 2 musicals running on Broadway.
And just this week, the Oscar, Grammy and multiple Tony Award winning writer of musicals has released a new memoir of sorts called, "Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes".
Stephen Sondheim joined us from our New York studio this Friday.