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The Oxford handbook of Sondheim studies

Robert Gordon (Editor)
This handbook presents a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim's oeuvre. Chapters come from a remarkably wide range of disciplines as they offer new insights into Sondheim's work not only for the stage, but also for film and television, describing in full how Sondheim has re-shaped American musical theater
Print Book, English, 2014
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014
Criticism, interpretation, etc
xxii, 481 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
9780195391374, 9780190258191, 0195391373, 0190258195
Introduction ; Intertexuality and authorship: toward non-linear forms ; Chapter 1. Sondheim's genius by Stephen Banfield ; Chapter 2. Sondheim and postmodernism by Robert McLaughlin ; Chapter 3. "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught": Oscar Hammerstein's influence on Sondheim by Dominic Symonds ; Chapter 4. "Old situations, new complications": tradition and experiment in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Robert Gordon ; Chapter 5. Anyone Can Whistle as experimental theatre by David Savran ; The art of making art ; Chapter 6. The Prince-Sondheim legacy by Miranda Lundskaer-Nielsen ; Chapter 7. "Growing pains": revising Merrily We Roll Along by Andrew Buchman ; Chapter 8. "Give Us More to See": the visual world of Stephen Sondheim's musicals by Bud Coleman ; Chapter 9. Orchestrators in their own words: the sound of Sondheim in the 21st century by Nathan Matthews ; Chapter 10. "Nothing More than Just a Game": the American Dream goes bust in Road Show by Garret Eisler ; Sondheim in performance ; Chapter 11. "It Takes Two": the doubling of actors and roles in Sunday in the Park with George by Olaf Jubin ; Chapter 12. "Something Just Broke": Assassins after the Iraq War - a production and its reception by Joanne Gordon ; Chapter 13. Sondheim on the London stage by Matt Wolf ; Chapter 14. "And One for Mahler": an opera director's reflections on Sondheim in the subsidized theatre by Keith Warner ; Sondheim across the media ; Chapter 15. Evening Primrose: Sondheim and Goldman's television musical by Robynn J. Stilwell ; Chapter 16. From screen to stage: A Little Night Music and Passion by Geoffrey Block ; Chapter 17. More Sondheim: original music for movies by Roger Hickman ; Chapter 18. Attending the tale of Sweeney Todd: the stage musical and Tim Burton's film version by David Thomson ; Sondheim across genres ; Chapter 19. A Little Night Music: the cynical operetta by Joseph Swain ; Chapter 20. Croaks into song: Sondheim tackles Greek Frogs by Marianne McDonald ; Chapter 21. Sweeney Todd: From melodrama to musical tragedy by Millie Taylor ; Chapter 22. "Careful the Spell You Cast": Into the Woods and the uses of disenchantment by Ben Francis ; Sondheim, identity and society ; Chapter 23. Keeping company with Sondheim's women by Stacy Ellen Wolf ; Chapter 24. Follies: musical pastiche and cultural archaeology by Robert Lawson-Peebles ; Chapter 25. Narratives of progress and tragedy in Pacific Overtures by Paul Filmer ; Chapter 26. Queer Sondheim by Scott F. Stoddart ; Chapter 27. Sondheim's America; America's Sondheim by Raymond Knapp ; Bibliography ; Index
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