The Dramatists Guild of America presents its In the Room series, broadcasting archived audio, unheard by the public since their original recording. In the Room features some of the most influential and celebrated playwrights, composers and lyricists in American theatre, sharing their insight to craft, process and personal stories behind creating some of their most celebrated work. Featured this week is a vintage interview with theatre legend Stephen Sondheim as he chats about lyrics back in 1971.
Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the interview!
Stephen Sondheim has received multiple Tony Awards, including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, multiple Grammy Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize.
Works include: Saturday Night (1954) (book by Julius J. Epstein); West Side Story (1957) (music by Leonard Bernstein; book by Arthur Laurents); Gypsy (1959) (music by Jule Styne; book by Arthur Laurents); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962) (book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart); Anyone Can Whistle (1964) (book by Arthur Laurents); Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) (music by Richard Rodgers; book by Arthur Laurents); Company (1970) (book by George Furth); Follies (1971) (book by James Goldman); A Little Night Music (1973) (book by Hugh Wheeler); Pacific Overtures (1976) (book by John Weidman); Sweeney Todd (1979) (book by Hugh Wheeler); Merrily We Roll Along (1981) (book by George Furth); Sunday in the Park with George (1984) (book by James Lapine); Into the Woods (1987) (book by James Lapine); Assassins (1990) (book by John Weidman); Passion (1994) (book by James Lapine); Road Show (2003) (book by John Weidman).
The Dramatists Guild of America was established over eighty years ago, and is the only professional association which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.