By Stephen Citron
The long island Times referred to as Stephen Sondheim "the maximum and maybe top recognized artist within the American musical theater," whereas months past, an analogous paper said his modern, Andrew Lloyd-Webber as "the such a lot commercially winning composer in history." no matter what their person achievements could be, it really is agreed by means of so much critics that those colossi have ruled global musical theater for the final zone century and carry the foremost to the path the musical degree will take up the long run.
the following within the 3rd quantity of Stephen Citron's individual sequence The nice Songwriters--in intensity stories that illuminated the musical contributions, careers, and lives of Noel Coward and Cole Porter (Noel & Cole: The Sophisticates), and Oscar Hammerstein 2d and Alan Jay Lerner, (The Wordsmiths)--this eminent musicologist has taken on our prime modern members to the lyric degree. His objective has now not been to match or pass judgement on one's advantages over the opposite, yet to make the reader notice via their works and people in their contemporaries, the adjustments and course of that wonderful artform we name Musical Theater.
In his quest, Citron deals certain perception into each one artist's operating tools, examining their scores--including their early works and works-in-progress. As in Citron's formerly severely acclaimed books during this sequence, nice value is given to the effect their younger education and personal lives have had upon their awesome inventive output. starting with Sondheim's lyrics-only works, West facet tale, Gypsy, Do I listen A Waltz? via his ratings for Saturday evening, corporation, an individual Can Whistle, Follies, Pacific Overtures, a bit evening song, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday within the Park, Into the Woods, Assassins, and Passion, these types of milestones of musical theater were explored. Lloyd-Webber's musical contribution from his early works, The Likes of Us and Joseph to Jesus Christ famous person, Evita, Cats, Starlight show, facets of affection, by means of Jeeves, The Phantom of the Opera, music & Dance, Mass, sundown Boulevard to Whistle Down the Wind also are completely analyzed.
The works of those fabulous artists are clarified for the informal or specialist reader in context with their contemporaries. whole with a quadruple chronology (Sondheim, Lloyd-Webber, US Theater, British Theater), copious quotations from their works, and lots of by no means earlier than released illustrations, the way forward for the artform that's the crowning success of the 20 th century is made eminently transparent during this e-book. Sondheim & Lloyd-Webber is a must-read for someone drawn to the modern theater.