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Stephen Sondheim was raised on the Upper West Side of New York in a prosperous family. He was taught to play the piano by he father. After his parent's divorce he was sent away to military schools and felt abandoned. When he became acquainted with the family of Oscar Hammerstein, it was as though he found a second father and he determined to follow in his footsteps. After a stint with Hollywood, Sondheim was able to get a foothold in the theatre when he got his first success collaborating with Leonard Bernstein on the lyrics for West Side Story. His first solo production on Broadway was the very successful, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The book also discusses the composer's homosexuality.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   musician Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   gay guy Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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