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Finishing the Hat: The Collected Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim (Volume 1) with attendant comments, principles, heresies, grudges, whines and anecdotes Hardcover – 14 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; First Edition edition (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753522586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753522585
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 3.5 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Stephen is a writer you can readily bracket with Shakespeare and Chekhov. He should not to be thought of as a writer of musicals, but as a writer of theatre who understands all its possibilities, and who has extraordinary wit and insight into character. As we enter the 21st century, his status as one of the greats is absolutely secure." (Trevor Nunn)

"Is Sondheim the Shakespeare of musical theatre? With Sondheim, it's always a challenge. It's difficult and exhilarating ... which is why Sondheim is for grownups and why his work is often so profound." (Michael Ball Guardian)

"The truth about Sondheim is that he is a prophet with very little honour in his own land ... The genius of Sondheim resides in the articulation of human emotion. Such reticence is more English in character than American" (Norman LeBrecht)

"He is, by universal acknowledgement, the man who revolutionised American musical theatre and the last survivor of a form that is all but extinct. As well as the joy of reading Sondheim's lyrics in full, Finishing the Hat provides a masterclass in the art of lyric-writing." (Mick Brown, Saturday Telegraph Magazine)

"This book is far more than a brilliant insight into the art of writing for the musical theatre, it is also a unique and revelatory critique of many giants of the genre including the author himself. Forthright, perceptive and continually fascinating...Stephen Sondheim is rightly a living legend as a composer/lyricist but he is also a superb natural teacher and this book will be a timeless legacy...The Gods of theatre salute you." (Cameron Mackintosh)

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'Stephen is a writer you can readily bracket with Shakespeare and Chekhov' Trevor Nunn

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