A little night music

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Applause Theater Books, May 1, 1991 - Drama - 236 pages
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Book by Hugh Wheeler Introduction by Jonathan Tunick "Throwing caution to the winds, I assert that A Little Night Music comes as close as possible to being the perfect romantic comedy musical." - Brendan Gill, The New Yorker * "A jewelled music box of a show: lovely to look at, delightful to listen to." - T.E. Kalem, Time * "Heady, civilized, sophisticated and enchanting. Good God! An adult musical." - Clive Barnes, The New York Times

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About the author (1991)

Stephen Sondheim was born in New York and studied music at Williams College, where he wrote the lyrics and music for two college shows. Sondheim also studied at Princeton University with Milton Babbit. He received recognition for writing lyrics for Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story (1957) and success as a lyricist-composer with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962). However, his next musical, Anyone Can Whistle (1964), was unsuccessful. The production of Company (1970) again established Sondheim as a major composer and lyricist on Broadway. Sondheim's other productions include Follies (1971); A Little Night Music (1973), wherein its leading song, "Send in the Clowns," was awarded a Grammy in 1976; and Sunday in the Park with George (1983), a musical inspired by George Seurat's famous painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." His music and plays have won him three Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Wheeler was a novelist, playwright and screen writer.

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