Course Description

ONLINE: After the failure of "Merrily We Roll Along" in 1981, composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim considered leaving musical theater altogether; however, new collaborators rekindled his desire to work. In 1982, he met James Lapine, an avant-garde playwright and director. Their first collaboration, "Sunday in the Park With George," won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. They followed this with "Into the Woods" and "Passion." With John Weidman, Sondheim wrote "Assassins" and "Road Show." At the time of his death in 2021, he was working with playwright David Ives on an adaptation of Luis Bunuel films, which opened off-Broadway in 2023. In this course, we'll explore these works and others by listening to and watching excerpts. We will observe how Sondheim applied his principles for writing lyrics: “Content dictates form. Less is more. God is in the details.” The course is primarily lecture with video clips and recommended readings; students will be able to ask questions and make comments in each class. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
Sondheim 102 (1981-2021)
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Feb 01, 2024 to Apr 04, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Please note: Although this course is a follow-up to Sondheim 101, offered in the recent fall term, students do not need to have taken that course to understand and enjoy this one.

Recommended reading:
Stephen Sondheim, "Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011)" (9780307593412)
Michael Kantor & Laurence Maslon, "Broadway: The American Musical" (9781493047673 )

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