At about this time last year, I was having fun exploring "Finishing the Hat," the first volume of Stephen Sondheim's musings on his own work. And now, here we are, in November 2011, with the second volume, "Look, I Made a Hat" available for order.
This one picks up where "Finishing the Hat" left off, covering 1981-2011, and it is subtitled "Collected lyrics...with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany."
Sondheim's work -- his lyrics, his music and his writing in general -- is smart, moving, sharply honed and always impressive. He also comes off that way in all the interviews and comments he's been giving for "Look, I Made a Hat," some of which I have collected here for your perusal.
There's Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Playbill.com, and BroadwayWorld.com, where Sondheim even talks a little about Shakespeare.
Sondheim is endlessly fascinating, his lyrics are absolutely the best, and these two books are absolute necessities for anyone who is interested in musical theater.
I will write more about my thoughts on the contents of "Look, I Made a Hat" once my copy gets here. In the meantime, you go order yours, or read the one you already got, or share quotes with your friends, whatever it takes. Get the word out!
"Look, I Made a Hat" is now available!!!