The primary and simplest complete-scale and definitive biography of crucial composer-lyricist in musical theater these days.
Drawing on non-public conversations with Sondheim himself, in addition to interviews together with his buddies, circle of relatives, collaborators, and fanatics, Secrest provides new perception into the enigmatic and really non-public Stephen Sondheim. Right here, we find out about his adolescence on New York’s Higher West Aspect, his oldsters’ devastating divorce, and his ascent to the peaks of the Broadway musical. Secrest vividly recreates the power, hobby, and depression that went into every cherished display, from Sondheim’s fabled collaboration with Hal Prince on Sweeney Todd and A Little Evening Music, to his disagreements with co-lyricist Leonard Bernstein on West Aspect Tale. An interesting and noteworthy portrait of the person, the track, and the genius of Stephen Sondheim: megastar of his personal interesting and unfinished existence.