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Stephen Sondheim: A Life by Meryle Seecrest

Based on the first biography of the full-scale life of the most
important composer-lyricist at work in musical theatre today, by Meryle Secrest, it draws on her extended conversations with Stephen Sondheim as well as on her interviews with his friends, family, collaborators and lovers to bring us not only the artist - as a master of modernist compositional style - but also the private man. Beginning with his early childhood on New York's prosperous Upper West Side, it describes how Sondheim was taught to play the piano by his father, a successful dress manufacturer and amateur musician. It explores Sondheim's early ambition to become a concert pianist, about the effect on him of his parents' divorce when he was ten, about his years in military and private schools. We learn about his feelings of loneliness and abandonment, about the refuge he found in the home of Oscar and Dorothy Hammerstein, and his determination to become just like Oscar. The film describes the years when Sondheim was struggling to gain a foothold in the theatre, his attempts at scriptwriting (in his early twenties in Rome on the set of Beat the Devil with Bogart and Huston, and later in Hollywood as a co-writer with George Oppenheimer for the TV series Topper), living the Hollywood life. Here is Sondheim's ascent to the peaks of the Broadway musical, from his chance meeting with playwright Arthur Laurents, which led to his first success - as co-lyricist with Leonard Bernstein on West Side Story - to his collaboration with Laurents on Gypsy, to his first full Broadway score, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. We also find out about his first big success as composer/lyricist in the 19670s with Company, an innovative and sophisticated musical that examined marriage à la mode. It was the start of an almost-twenty-year collaboration with producer and director Hal Prince that resulted in such shows as Follies, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, and A Little Night Music. We see Sondheim at work with composers, producers, directors, co-writers, actors, the greats of his time and ours, among them Leonard Bernstein, Ethel Merman, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Robbins, Zero Mostel, Bernadette Peters, and Lee Remick (with whom it was said he was in love, and she with him), as the film vividly re-creates the energy, the passion, the despair, the excitement, the genius, that went into the making of show after Sondheim show.

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Stephen Sondheim Total Votes: 2

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Janet "Foxy" Sondheim Total Votes: 0

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Herbert Sondheim Total Votes: 0

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Alicia Sondheim Total Votes: 0

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Oscar Hammerstein II Total Votes: 1

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Dorothy Hammerstein Total Votes: 1

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Milton Babbitt Total Votes: 1

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George Oppenheimer Total Votes: 0

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Arthur Laurents Total Votes: 1

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Leonard Bernstein Total Votes: 0

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Jerome Robbins Total Votes: 0

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Ethel Merman Total Votes: 1

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Jule Styne Total Votes: 0

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Burt Shevelove Total Votes: 0

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Larry Gelbart Total Votes: 0

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George Abbott Total Votes: 0

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Zero Mostel Total Votes: 1

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Lee Remick Total Votes: 1

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Angela Lansbury Total Votes: 0

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Richard Rodgers Total Votes: 0

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Mary Rodgers Total Votes: 1

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Anthony Perkins Total Votes: 0

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John Guare Total Votes: 0

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George Furth Total Votes: 1

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Harold Prince Total Votes: 0

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Michael Bennett Total Votes: 0

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James Goldman Total Votes: 0

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Hugh Wheeler Total Votes: 0

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Len Cariou Total Votes: 0

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John Weidman Total Votes: 0

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James Lapine Total Votes: 0

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Bernadette Peters Total Votes: 0

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Mandy Patinkin Total Votes: 0

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Jerry Zaks Total Votes: 0

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Herbert Ross Total Votes: 0

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William Goldman Total Votes: 1

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Mike Nichols Total Votes: 0

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Paul Gemignani Total Votes: 1

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Jonathan Tunick Total Votes: 0

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Michael Starobin Total Votes: 0

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Rob Reiner Total Votes: 0

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