Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim has long been celebrated as an iconic artist. This course, honouring Sondheim at age ninety-one years, will explore the extraordinary range and depth of his work in forging new ground in the musical theatre genre. Audio and video excerpts will be utilized in order to highlight and examine such topics as Sondheim’s writing process, song choices in the musical score, and the musicalization of films.
Facilitator: Lois Kivesto — PhD, dramaturge, consultant, long-serving Shaw Festival programme essayist, and a frequent lecturer for Stratford Festival and McMaster Stratford Seminar Series.
A University of Toronto music graduate (viola), Lois Kivesto received a PhD in theatre from New York University, with a dissertation on the theatre of James Lapine. Her essay “Comedy Tonight!” is published in Stephen Sondheim: A Casebook, part of the Garland Reference Library of the Humanities. A Toronto-based dramaturge and consultant, Lois is a long-serving Shaw Festival programme essayist, and a frequent lecturer for Stratford Festival and McMaster Stratford Seminar Series.