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One Day University Lecture Series Presented by AARP – The Musicals of Stephen Sondheim Registration (

START DATE:5/5/2021



SUMMARY: The composer and/or lyricist of 18 major musicals, Stephen Sondheim is undeniably the most influential musical theater writer of his generation. But despite his success with critics and his shelves full of awards, most of his musicals lost money, and he has almost as many detractors as fans. This talk will focus on Sondheim’s 3 major phases (the “lyrics only” phase, the Hal Prince years and the James Lapine collaborations) to determine not only which shows hit or miss, but also how his writing has changed the way we think about musical theater. Kaufman Music Center Director Sean Hartley will perform a few essential songs to illustrate his points.

Join us for this virtual lecture followed by a LIVE Q&A with Professor Hartley.

This event is FREE, but registration is required. A recording will be available to view after the live event concludes, but you must REGISTER to receive the link.

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