INSCRIBED BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM
SONDHEIM, Stephen. Company. A Musical Comedy. Book by George Furth, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. New York: Random House, (1970). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition, inscribed "To C—- E—- from Stephen Sondheim."
Sondheim, who died in late 2021, "was the theater's most revered and influential composer-lyricist of the last half of the 20th century and the driving force behind some of Broadway's most beloved and celebrated shows… [his] music and lyrics raised and reset the artistic standard for the American stage musical" (New York Times). Company, centered around the character of Bobby, a bachelor, and his married friends as his 35th birthday approaches, is the source for the song "The Ladies Who Lunch," sung in the original cast by Elaine Stritch; it became Stritch's signature song. "A brilliant musical drama… witty, taut, wary and also explosive" (Brooks Atkinson).
Book fine, dust jacket with a bit of wear. A near-fine copy.