10 Questions for Stephen Sondheim

Broadway songwriters usually like to stay in the background and let others do the singing. But Stephen Sondheim, the acclaimed composer and lyricist of shows from West Side Story to Into the Woods, has just released a new CD, Sondheim Sings (PS Classics), made up of early recordings on which he performs his songs. He talked with TIME's theater critic Richard Zoglin.

YOU MADE THESE RECORDINGS YEARS AGO AND NEVER EXPECTED TO RELEASE THEM. WHAT'S YOUR REACTION LISTENING TO THEM TODAY?

I've never been able to sing very well. My pitch is, you know, off. But I've always enjoyed hearing composers...

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