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This edition: Ethan Mordden, "On Sondheim"

Episode Details

Original tape date: March 4, 2016.

First aired: April 2, 2016.

Author and theater historian Ethan Mordden discusses his latest book, "On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide," about the composer/lyricist, who Mordden considers not only the most important artist in the musical theater, but also a creative force on the level of Dante and Goethe. Mordden also explains the influence on Sondheim of Oscar Hammerstein II and how one of that great lyricist/librettist's least successful shows, “Allegro," had profound impact on Sondheim's work. 

Guest List

Jesse Green Guest Co-Host; Theatre Critic, New York Magazine

Ethan Mordden Author, “On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide”