Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes (Knopf)
The great Stephen Sondheim has at last produced a collection of lyrics from the first half of his career along with insights into the art of song writing for the theater. In this conversation, he explains why a song that may be "perfect" can be wrong for its dramatic moment in a show. This famous perfectionist reveals how much can go wrong.
Read an excerpt from Finishing the Hat.