Show Business: A Precious Fancy

"Broadway is rebuilt every time Stephen Sondheim writes a musical," says Producer Alexander Cohen. Such extravagant praise, from a man who has never backed a Sondheim show, is increasingly frequent these days. The reason is obvious. Sondheim has composed the three best Broadway musicals of the 1970s: Company (1970), Follies (1971) and now A Little Night Music (TIME, March 12).

The latest is Sondheim's most brilliant accomplishment to date. That includes the lyrics for such past hits as West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959) and the music and lyrics for A Funny Thing...

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