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MUSIC: Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is lauded as one of the most important figures in 20th-century musical theater.

Four More by Sondheim: West Side Story, Gypsy, A Little Night Music, and Pacific Overtures – Online

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Date(s) - 04/29/2022 - 05/20/2022
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Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is lauded as one of the most important figures in 20th-century musical theater. A link to the golden age of musical theater, he was mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II and simultaneously continued that tradition while expanding and reinventing it.

He is lionized as few in his discipline have ever been: there is a Stephen Sondheim Society; theaters, awards, and a magazine are named after him; there are countless Sondheim productions, recordings, and books; and his songs are a staple of cabaret, stage, and university theater productions worldwide. In this course, we will focus on four landmark musicals: two early works featuring Sondheim as lyricist only—West Side Story and Gypsy—and two musicals from his successful collaborative period with director Hal Prince—A Little Night Music and Pacific Overtures. We will dig into the music, the lyrics, the structure, the mechanics of what makes these musicals so fantastic and important, and why Sondheim deserves the praise and position in our culture.

Joel Phillip Friedman’s concert, theater, and film music has been performed worldwide at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, on London’s West End, and in Off-Broadway theaters. Friedman has taught at Swarthmore, Georgetown, Stanford, and Catholic University. He received a DMA from Columbia, where he was a President’s Fellow.

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