Magazine article The Sondheim Review

Editor's Letter

Magazine article The Sondheim Review

Editor's Letter

Article excerpt

I DIDN'T KNOW WHO STEPHEN SONDHEIM WAS when I was 13 and bought the soundtrack recording from the film of West Side Story. But I knew that I loved that music, especially the clever lyrics. Little did I foresee that years later I'd be editing a magazine that explored his musicals in great depth. It's been a special pleasure to witness the revival of Sondheim's first Broadway hit in 2009, especially with it being directed by the show's legendary bookwriter, Arthur Laurents.

As a writer myself, I appreciate hearing Sondheim praise his bookwriters as his collaborators. The men he has worked with over the years are often less recognized when people talk about "Sondheim shows," but they often are the people who come up with the ideas, stories and characters that Sondheim sets to music. In this issue we offer you a chance to read Jesse Green's New York magazine profile of the cantankerous 91-year-old Laurents, in addition to Mike Bandler's interview with Larry Gelbart, one of the comic minds who wrote A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. …

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