- According to Sondheim's agent, the second volume will follow this fall and be titled Look, I Made A Hat, and cover the lyrics from Sunday In The Park With George and thereafter. Given that the lyrics to "Finishing the Hat" will appear in that volume and that it represents the "completion" of Sondheim's career (he claims to be retired from new projects), shouldn't the two be reversed?
- While there are juicy tidbits here and there, it's odd how much is missing--for instance, there's no discussion of Dean Jones' departure from Company (which led to the only breaking of the Tonys' "opening night performer" rule ever) or of Chris Kattan's last second firing from The Frogs. Given how poisonous Sondheim's writing about other lyricists is, would have been interesting to hear his side of the story on some of these.
- While it's lovely to see some of the cut songs (in particular, a cut song from Gypsy that got cribbed from for "Rose's Turn" and the discarded finales for Company), the dance number "Tick-Tock" from Company, one of the very few "dance songs" Sondheim has ever written solo, appears nowhere in the book.
- Company is (or at least can be) a pretty bleak musical. (I recall reading about a production somewhere where after singing "Being Alive," Bobby puts a gun to his head, the lights go out, and we hear a gunshot--curtain.) The original finale, "Multitudes of Amys," actually makes it a little more uplifting, but what they had out of town--"Happily Ever After"--which takes parts of the "Being Alive" lyric (e.g., "someone to sit in your chair, to ruin your sleep"), and refers to it as "happily ever after..in Hell," makes even the "suicide ending" seem almost uplifting. Because Sondheim is so focused on the lyrics, he doesn't talk about why the book changed requiring the shift--I wish he'd done that.
Know many others have been enjoying this, and wanted to open it up for your thoughts.