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Sondheim was the real deal - Gyles Brandreth

Regulars | By Gyles Brandreth

Stephen Sondheim at 80, being applauded at the BBC Proms, July 2010

One thing that Gyles Brandreth can be sure of is that he and his wife do not agree about the genius of Stephen Sondheim

In the bar of the National Theatre, I once tried to introduce my wife to Stephen Sondheim. She wasn't interested. Sondheim was a genius and I had a particular soft spot for him because when a book of mine, The Joy of Lex, all about the fun of language, became a New York Times bestseller in 1983, he got in touch to say he wanted to turn it into a musical – with a cast of 26 singers and dancers, each one representing a different letter of the alphabet. ...

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