The Theater: String of Pearls


Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM

Stephen Sondheim is the master jewel cutter of the modern U.S. musical theater. His lyrics are iridescent triumphs of wit and precision; his compositions are faceted with prismatic brilliance. In Side by Side by Sondheim four Britons have performed a lavish labor of love in tribute to him.

Sondheim's pearls are strung together so as to link his guiding themes. He turns obsessively to the tensions and tenacity of marriage, its tidal lure and its shipwreck debris. Almost at the moment that his...

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