re: Since You Went Away/While You Were Sleeping – catching up on Sheldon Harnick Memorial and Museum of Broadway (long)
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In reply to: re: Since You Went Away/While You Were Sleeping – catching up on Sheldon Harnick Memorial and Museum of Broadway (long) - comedywest 09:35 am EST 11/21/23

''Sondheim said he'd never critique a living lyricist.''

I assumed as much, but sometimes he did express his likes. He was pretty public about his appreciation of Lin-Manuel Miranda, and I'd be surprised if he never mentioned Adam Guettel, who also happens to be Mary Rodgers' son. I don't have my copy of D.T. Max's ''Finale: Late Conversations With Sondheim'' nearby, but he mentions some musicals he enjoyed, including Kander and Ebb's ''Chicago.'' (What were the others?) And he's been quoted favorably about ''Porgy & Bess,'' Charlie Smalls' ''The Wiz'' and Boy George's ''Taboo.''

Other examples? ... And then there's his fascinating 2000 list of ''Songs I'd Wish I'd Written,'' which includes a number of surprises and obscurities.
Link Sondheim's list of 'Songs I'd Wish I'd Written'
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