Follies: A Musical

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Random House, 1971 - Drama - 111 pages
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A fateful encounter with their enemies changes the Tree People's attitude about the Followers.

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About the author (1971)

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." He has won him three Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

JAMES GOLDMAN’ s screenplays include "Nicholas and Alexandra, Robin and Marian, "and "They Might Be Giants," He wrote the book to the musical "A Family Affair" (with John Kander), as well as the librettos of "Follies" and "Evening Primrose," both with scores by Stephen Sondheim. He died in 1998.

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