Best Sondheim Books

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1. Hat Box: The Collected Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim: A Box Set

Author: by Stephen Sondheim
Published at: Knopf; Pck Slp edition (December 6, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0307957726

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Both a remarkable glimpse into the brilliant mind of a living legend, and a continuation of the acclaimed and best-selling Finishing the Hat (named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010), Stephen Sondheim returns with the second volume of his collected lyrics, Look, I Made a Hat.

Picking up where he left off in Finishing the Hat, Sondheim gives us all the lyrics, along with excluded songs and early drafts, of the Pulitzer Prizewinning Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins and Passion. Here, too, is an in-depth look at the evolution of Wise Guys, which subsequently was transformed into Bounce and eventually became Road Show.

Sondheim takes us through his contributions to both television and film, some of which may surprise you, and covers plenty of never-before-seen material from unproduced projects as well. There are abundant anecdotes about his many collaborations, and readers are treated to rare personal material in this volume, as Sondheim includes songs culled from commissions, parodies and personal special occasionssuch as a hilarious song for Leonard Bernstein’s seventieth birthday.


3. Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes

Author: by Stephen Sondheim
Published at: Knopf; Illustrated edition (October 26, 2010)
ISBN: 978-0679439073

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The winner of seven Tonys, an Academy Award, seven Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize and moreStephen Sondheim’s career has spanned more than half a century; his lyrics have become synonymous with musical theater and popular culture. In Finishing the Hattitled after perhaps his most autobiographical song, from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeSondheim has not only collected his lyrics for the first time, he is giving readers a rare personal look into his life as well as his remarkable productions.

Along with the lyrics for all of his musicals from 1954 to 1981including West Side Story, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music and Sweeney ToddSondheim treats us to never-before-published songs from each show, songs that were cut or discarded before seeing the light of day.

He discusses his relationship with his mentor, Oscar Hammerstein II, and his collaborations with extraordinary talents such as Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Ethel Merman, Richard Rodgers, Angela Lansbury, Harold Prince and a panoply of others. The anecdotesfilled with history, pointed observations and intimate detailstransport us back to a time when theater was a major pillar of American culture.


4. Acting in Musical Theatre: A Comprehensive Course

Author: by Joe Deer
Published at: Routledge; 2nd edition (September 24, 2015)
ISBN: 978-0415713276

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Acting in Musical Theatre remains the only complete course in approaching a role in a musical. It covers fundamental skills for novice actors, practical insights for professionals, and even tips to help veteran musical performers refine their craft. Updates in this expanded and revised second edition include: A brand new companion website for students and teachers, including Powerpoint lecture slides, sample syllabi, and checklists for projects and exercises.

Learning outcomes for each chapter to guide teachers and students through the book’s core ideas and lessons New style overviews for pop and jukebox musicals Extensive updated professional insights from field testing with students, young professionals, and industry showcases Full-colour production images, bringing each chapter to life Acting in Musical Theatre’s chapters divide into easy-to-reference units, each containing group and solo exercises, making it the definitive textbook for students and practitioners alike.


5. American Ballads and Folk Songs (Dover Books on Music)

Author: by John A. Lomax
Published at: Dover Publications; First PB Edition, First Printing (October 21, 1994)
ISBN: 978-0486282763

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“A book to cherish permanently.” The New York Times. With this ample collection of authentic ballads and songs, you can immerse yourself in the rich tradition and heritage of American folk music. Discover the diversity, spontaneity, free-flowing melody, and sheer invention of scores of songs sung by cowboys and convicts, lumberjacks, hobos, miners, plantation slaves, mountaineers, soldiers, and many others.

One of the remarkable features of this collection is its authenticity. Many of the songs were recorded “on location” by noted folklorist John A. Lomax and his even more famous son, Alan, as they traveled around the United States. The results are firsthand versions of music and lyrics for over 200 railroad songs, chain-gang songs, mountain songs, Creole songs, cocaine and whisky songs, “reels,” minstrel songs, songs of childhood, and a host of others.

Among them are such time-honored favorites as “John Henry,” “Goin’ Home,” “Frankie and Albert,” “Down in the Valley,” “Little Brown Jug,” “Alabama-Bound,” “Shortenin’ Bread,” “Skip to My Lou,” “Frog Went a-Courtin’,” and a host of others. An excellent introduction, notes on each song, a bibliography, and an index round out this extensive and valuable collection.


6. The Stephen Sondheim Collection: 52 Songs from 17 Shows and Films (CHANT)

Author: by Richard Walters
Published at: Rilting Music, Inc. (December 1, 2012)
ISBN: 978-1617804298

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(P/V/G Composer Collection). The first definitive collection of Sondheim’s songs. Contents: Agony (from INTO THE WOODS) * Another Hundred People (from COMPANY) * Anyone Can Whistle (from ANYONE CAN WHISTLE) * The Ballad Of Booth (Part I) (from ASSASSINS) * The Ballad Of Czolgosz (Part I) (from ASSASSINS) * Being Alive (from COMPANY) * The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened (from ROAD SHOW) * Broadway Baby (from FOLLIES) * Buddy’s Blues (The God-Why-Don’t-You-Love-Me Blues) (from FOLLIES) * Children Will Listen (from INTO THE WOODS) * Comedy Tonight (from A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM) * Every Day A Little Death (from A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC) * Everybody Ought To Have A Maid (from A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM) * Everybody Says Don’t (from ANYONE CAN WHISTLE) * Fear No More (from THE FROGS) * Finishing The Hat (from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE) * Good Thing Going (from MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG) * Happiness (from PASSION) * I Remember (from the TV Production EVENING PRIMROSE) * I Wish I Could Forget You (from PASSION) * I’m Still Here (from FOLLIES) * In Buddy’s Eyes (from FOLLIES) * Johanna (from SWEENEY TODD) * The Ladies Who Lunch (from COMPANY) * Like It Was * The Little Things You Do Together (from COMPANY) * Losing My Mind (from FOLLIES) * Lovely (from A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM) * Loving You (from PASSION) * The Miller’s Son (from A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC) * Move On (from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE) * No More (from INTO THE WOODS) * No One Is Alone – Part I (from INTO THE WOODS) * Not A Day Goes By (from MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG) * Not While I’m Around (from SWEENEY TODD) * Old Friends (from MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG) * Pretty Lady (from PACIFIC OVERTURES) * Pretty Women (from SWEENEY TODD) * Send In The Clowns (from the Musical A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC) * So Many People (from SATURDAY NIGHT) * Someone In A Tree (from PACIFIC OVERTURES) * Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man) (from the Film DICK TRACY) * Sorry – Grateful (from COMPANY) * Sunday (from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE) * Sunday In The Park With George (from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE) * Take Me To The World (from The TV Production EVENING PRIMROSE) * Talent (from ROAD SHOW) * Too Many Mornings (from FOLLIES) * What Can You Lose (from the Film DICK TRACY) * What More Do I Need?


7. Reading Lyrics

Author: by Robert Gottlieb
Published at: Pantheon; 1st edition (November 21, 2000)
ISBN: 978-0375400810

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A comprehensive anthology bringing together more than one thousand of the best American and English song lyrics of the twentieth century; an extraordinary celebration of a unique art form and an indispensable reference work and history that celebrates one of the twentieth century’s most enduring and cherished legacies.

Reading Lyrics begins with the first masters of the colloquial phrase, including George M. Cohan (Give My Regards to Broadway), P.G. Wodehouse (Till the Clouds Roll By), and Irving Berlin, whose versatility and career span the period from Alexander’s Ragtime Band to Annie Get Your Gun and beyond.

The Broadway musical emerges as a distinct dramatic form in the 1920s and 1930s, its evolution propelled by a trio of lyricistsCole Porter, Ira Gershwin, and Lorenz Hartwhose explorations of the psychological and emotional nuances of falling in and out of love have lost none of their wit and sophistication.

Their songs, including Night and Day, The Man I Love, and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, have become standards performed and recorded by generation after generation of singers. The lure of Broadway and Hollywood and the performing genius of such artists as Al Jolson, Fred Astaire, Ethel Waters, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and Ethel Merman inspired a remarkable array of talented writers, including Dorothy Fields (A Fine Romance, I Can’t Give You Anything but Love), Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls), Oscar Hammerstein II (from the groundbreaking Show Boat of 1927 through his extraordinary collaboration with Richard Rodgers), Johnny Mercer, Yip Harburg, Andy Razaf, Nol Coward, and Stephen Sondheim.


8. Into the Woods Edition: Vocal Selections (CHANT)

Author: by Stephen Sondheim
Published at: Hal Leonard; Revised ed. edition (April 1, 2010)
ISBN: 978-1423472643

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(Vocal Selections).Into the Woods blends various familiar fairy tales with an original story of a childless baker and his wife, who catalyze the action of the story by attempting to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child.

Newly edited, with new music engravings, added songs, articles and photos. Includes: Agony * Any Moment * Children Will Listen * Giants in the Sky * I Know Things Now * Into the Woods * It Takes Two * No More * No One Is Alone * On the Steps of the Palace * Stay with Me.


9. A Little Night Music: Revised Edition (CHANT)

Author: by Stephen Sondheim
Published at: Hal Leonard Corporation; Revised edition (October 1, 2010)
ISBN: 978-1423472698

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(Vocal Score).Sondheim’s 1973 hit show A Little Night Music is currently enjoying a successful revival on Broadway. The revised vocal score is based on the composer’s piano/vocal manuscript sources and features all music in clean new engravings.

10. Sondheim: Lyrics (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series)

Author: by Stephen Sondheim
Published at: Everyman's Library (March 3, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1101908167

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A beautiful Pocket Poets hardcover selection of the most memorable and beloved lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. Legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim made his Broadway debut with West Side Story in 1957 at the age of twenty-seven. His remarkable and wide-ranging career has spanned more than six decades since then, and he has accumulated accolades that include eight Tony Awards, an Academy Award, eight Grammy Awards, six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, the Kennedy Center Honors, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Sondheim redefined musical theater with his groundbreaking work, combining words and music in ways that are by turns challenging, moving, witty, profound, and never less than exhilarating. This volume includes a selection of lyrics from across his career, drawn from shows including West Side Story, Gypsy, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and more.

The result is a delightful pocket-sized treasury of the very best of Sondheim.

11. Into the Woods: Vocal Selections from the Disney Movie (CHANT)

Author: by Stephen Sondheim
Published at: Hal Leonard; Reprint edition (December 1, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1495011603

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(Vocal Piano).Debuting on Christmas Day 2014, Sondheim’s Into the Woods is now being introduced to a new generation of fans in this Disney movie adaptation of the Broadway musical that puts a new twist on familiar fairy tales. Our songbook features 14 songs from the soundtrack for voice with piano accompaniment plus 8 pages of color artwork from the film.

Songs include: Agony * Children Will Listen * Giants in the Sky * Hello Little Girl * It Takes Two * Last Midnight * Moments in the Woods * On the Steps of the Palace * Stay with Me * and more. Includes color artwork from the film!

12. The Almost Unknown Stephen Sondheim: 39 Previously Unpublished Songs from 17 Shows and Films (PIANO, VOIX, GU)

Author: by Stephen Sondheim
Published at: Rilting Music, Inc. (December 1, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1495011535

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(P/V/G Composer Collection). The “Almost Unknown” in the title of this collection refers to the fact that some of the songs, though never before published, have been recorded, and might be known to the most knowledgeable of Sondheim connoisseurs.

However, it is safe to say that the songs in this landmark collection are among the least known of Sondheim’s creations. This book includes contents by show or film title as well as by song title, an introduction about Sondheim, a preface by the editor, and detailed notes about each work and the show it came from.

The piano/vocal editions were all personally approved by Sondheim.

13. Company: The Complete Revised Book and Lyrics

Author: by Stephen Sondheim
Published at: Nick Hern Books (February 28, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1848428355

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The 2018 West End, revised edition. It’s Bobbie’s thirty-fifth birthday party, and all her friends are wondering why she isn’t married. Why can’t she find the right man, settle down and start a family? A breakthrough on Broadway in 1970, Company is Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s legendary musical comedy about life, love and loneliness, featuring some of Sondheim’s most iconic songs including ‘Company’, ‘You Could Drive a Person Crazy’, ‘The Ladies Who Lunch’, ‘Side by Side’ and ‘Being Alive’.The acclaimed West End revival in 2018 was conceived and directed by award-winning director Marianne Elliott and produced by Elliott & Harper Productions.

Reimagining the musical by switching the gender of several characters, including the protagonist Bobbie, played by Rosalie Craig, the production also starred Patti LuPone, Mel Giedroyc and Jonathan Bailey. This edition features the complete revised book and lyrics for the production, colour production photographs, and an introduction by Sondheim’s biographer David Benedict.

14. The Stephen Sondheim Collection – Volume 2: 40 Songs from 14 Shows and Films

Author: by Richard Walters
Published at: Rilting Music, Inc. (September 1, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1540000316

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(P/V/G Composer Collection). Following up on the first collection of Sondheim’s songs, this volume includes selections from Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Dick Tracy, Evening Primrose, Follies, The Frogs, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, Passion, The Seven Percent Solution, Sunday in the Park with George, and Sweeney Todd arranged for voice with piano accompaniment.

Includes detailed notes about the shows and films. Contents: ANYONE CAN WHISTLE: There Won’t be Trumpets * COMPANY: Barcelona * Getting Married Today * Marry Me a Little * Someone is Waiting * You Could Drive a Person Crazy * DICK TRACY: Live Alone and Like it * EVENING PRIMROSE: If You Can Find Me, I’m Here * FOLLIES: Beautiful Girls * Could I Leave You?

One More Kiss * The Road You Didn’t Take * THE FROGS: Dress Big * Invocation and Instructions to the Audience * A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM: Bring Me My Bride * Free * I’m Calm * Love, I Hear * INTO THE WOODS: Giants in the Sky * I Know Things Now * Into the Woods * It Takes Two * Moments in the Woods * On the Steps of the Palace * A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC: The Glamorous Life * Night Waltz * Remember * MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG: Now You Know * PASSION: Is This What You Call Love?

15. Kids' Broadway Songbook: Songs Original Sung on Stage by Children

Author: by Charles Strouse
Published at: MPL Communications / Hal Leonard (May 1, 1993)
ISBN: 978-0793521647

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(Vocal Collection).This mainstay collection of songs originally sung on stage by children has been updated and revised, now with 21 songs from 16 shows, from classic musicals ( Annie, The Music Man, Oliver! To contemporary ( Matilda the Musical and A Christmas Story ).

Includes: Castle on a Cloud * Into the Woods * It’s the Hard-Knock Life * Let Me Entertain You * Naughty * When I Grow Up * Where Is Love?And more.

16. Lee Evans Arranges Stephen Sondheim

Author: by Lee Evans
Published at: Rilting Music, Inc. (November 1, 1989)
ISBN: 978-0881888379

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(Evans Piano Education). Features Lee Evans’ expert solo arrangements of 22 songs from this beloved contemporary composer. Includes: Anyone Can Whistle * Broadway Baby * Company * Impossible * Not a Day Goes By * Old Friends * Send in the Clowns * Sunday * and more!