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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

Born: March 22, 1930, New York, New York

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(p.264) Stephen Sondheim
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Show Tunes
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Steven Suskin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0023

This chapter examines the work of Stephen Sondheim. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Sondheim moved at the age of eleven from Manhattan to Doylestown, Pennsylvania—Doylestown, the country home of Oscar Hammerstein 2nd. A friendship with young James Hammerstein led to a close teacher/student relationship with James’s father, the man who helped create the modern musical in his work with Jerome Kern and who over the next few years would write Oklahoma! (Rodgers: March 31, 1943) and Carousel (Rodgers: April 19, 1945).

Keywords:   Stephen Sondheim, Doylestown, Broadway musicals, musical theater, show tunes, Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, James Hammerstein, Oklahoma, Carousel

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