Sondheim and Lloyd-Webber: The New Musical - Stephen CitronLondon: Chatto & Windus, 2001, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables ; Diagrams; Glossary;
From the cover: “In this fascinating dual biography Stephen Citron takes on the two giants of the modern musical. His aim has not been to compare or judge one’s merits over the other but to trace, through their works and those of their contemporaries, the path of the musical as an art form and to chart how it has changed in the course of its evolution.
Citron offers a unique insight into each artist’s working methods, analysing their scores — including their early works and works-in-progress. As with Citron’s other critically acclaimed books — lives of Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstein and Alan Jay Lerner — significance is given to the impact that their youthful training and private lives have had upon their amazing creative output. Beginning with Sondheim’s lyrics-only works, such as West Side Story and Gypsy through his scores for Company, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park and Passion, all these milestones of musical theatre are explored. Lloyd-Webber’s musical contribution, from his early work, The Likes of Us, to Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Whistle Down the Wind and his latest production, The Beautiful Game, is also thoroughly analysed.
Complete with chronologies of both composers’ work and of the British and American theatres, copious quotations from their works and many illustrations never published before, Sondheim and Lloyd-Webber is essential reading for anyone interested in the contemporary theatre.”