Wow, what an interview. Stephen Sondheim appeared on Fresh Air yesterday to talk about lyrics, songwriting and his new memoir Finishing the Hat. Along the way, there’s plenty of insight given into several of his most famous works.
It’s a real treat to listen to one of our time’s preeminent theater composers discussing his art so candidly. Some of what he reveals is not too surprising (wanting curse words for choice West Side Story lyrics) while some (like his opinions on deceased lyricists’ writing) is surprising and fascinating.
I’ll be buying the book, and I’ll let you know how it goes!
Look, He Made A Hat: Sondheim Talks Sondheim on Fresh Air.