Lively, sophisticated, and filled with first-person tributes and glorious images, Sondheim: His Life, His Shows, His Legacy lifts the curtain on a Broadway legend—a man who stood at the pinnacle of the American musical theatre for more than sixty years.
Brimming with insights from a veritable Who's Who of Broadway Babies and complemented by more than two hundred color and black-and-white images, Sondheim: His Life, His Shows, His Legacy offers a witty, multidimensional look at the musical genius behind Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, and the landmark West Side Story and Gypsy.
Exploring the unique bond between Sondheim and his audiences, author Stephen M. Silverman further examines the challenging Sondheim works that continue to develop devoted new followings: Anyone Can Whistle, Pacific Overtures, Merrily We Roll Along, Assassins, and Passion.
The result is a lavish, highly engrossing documentation of the dynamic force who reshaped twentieth-century American musical history.
About the Author
Stephen M. Silverman was the author of fourteen books and a contributor to Vogue, Esquire, Smithsonian, the Times of London, the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal, which described him as “a veteran journalist and historian of popular culture who writes with verve and mischief.” A former news editor at Time Inc., he taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and appeared on Today, CBS This Morning, 20/20, Dateline NBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business, NPR, Australia’s Nine Network, and the BBC.
"Aside from Sondheim's own exceptional books, Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat, this may be the best coffee-table volume devoted to his work...Sondheim fans: make room on the coffee table for this one."—Shelf Awareness
"Lavishly illustrated, handsomely produced, and supplemented by many of Sondheim's own reflections on his artistic vision...This impressive volume is an important biographical addition to collections on musical theater and the Broadway entertainment industry."—Library Journal (starred review)