History Creator / StephenSondheim

1st Feb '18 5:04:08 PM bt8257
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* BreakTheFourthWall: Almost always PlayedForLaughs. Used to great effect in plays like ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', ''Theatre/TheFrogs'', ''Theatre/{{Company}}'' and especially in the second act of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''.

to:

* BreakTheFourthWall: BreakingTheFourthWall: Almost always PlayedForLaughs. Used to great effect in plays like ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', ''Theatre/TheFrogs'', ''Theatre/{{Company}}'' and especially in the second act of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''.
30th Dec '17 11:16:48 PM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DrunkenMaster: In his own words, "I've often used, anyway–alcohol to help me lose the inhibitions. I sip out of a, out of a shot glass, because once you're through an ounce and a half of liquor, if you want more, you have to get up and more."
30th Dec '17 9:14:14 PM damanrulz
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* DrunkenMaster: In his own words, "I've often used, anyway–alcohol to help me lose the inhibitions. I sip out of a, out of a shot glass, because once you're through an ounce and a half of liquor, if you want more, you have to get up and more."
9th Nov '17 5:06:36 AM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* CampGay: In "The Boy From...", the narrator describes the young man she has a crush on, completely oblivious to the implications of his flamboyant dress sense and effeminate mannerisms.



* OverlyLongName: In "The Boy From...", a parody of "The Girl From Ipanema", the young man in question hails from Tacarembo la Tumba del Fuego Santa Malipas Zacatecas la Junta del Sol y Cruz. [[spoiler:And at the end of the song, he moves to Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrndrobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch.]]


Added DiffLines:

* CampGay: In "The Boy From...", the narrator describes the young man she has a crush on, completely oblivious to the implications of his flamboyant dress sense and effeminate mannerisms.


Added DiffLines:

* OverlyLongName: In "The Boy From...", a parody of "The Girl From Ipanema", the young man in question hails from Tacarembo la Tumba del Fuego Santa Malipas Zacatecas la Junta del Sol y Cruz. [[spoiler:And at the end of the song, he moves to Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrndrobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch.]]
9th Nov '17 5:05:58 AM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* CampGay: In "The Boy From...", the narrator describes the young man she has a crush on, completely oblivious to the implications of his flamboyant dress sense and effeminate mannerisms.


Added DiffLines:

* OverlyLongName: In "The Boy From...", a parody of "The Girl From Ipanema", the young man in question hails from Tacarembo la Tumba del Fuego Santa Malipas Zacatecas la Junta del Sol y Cruz. [[spoiler:And at the end of the song, he moves to Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrndrobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch.]]
1st Nov '17 8:10:19 AM jamespolk
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''Film/TheLastOfSheila'' (1973) -- ''not'' a stage musical; not a musical at all in fact. It's a 1973 theatrical feature film that he co-wrote the screenplay for. Sondheim's only screen writing credit.
16th Oct '17 6:51:50 AM AustinCarver13
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Any Sondheim musical will include this, with lines like "I feel fizzy and funny and fine," "The realities remain remote," "The bong of the bell of the buoy in the bay," and the infamous "That's the puddle where the poodle did the piddle."
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: He's perhaps the only man ever to adapt a ''painting'' into a full-length musical. He's only done one completely original show: ''Anyone Can Whistle''.




to:

* CounterpointDuet: BIG fan of this, puts it in almost all his shows, and sometimes going [[UpToEleven one step further]] and making it into a trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, or [[MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber an ensemble number with as much as 8-part counterpoint!!]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Present to some degree in most of his works, most notably the following:
** ''[=Into the Woods=]'' (fairy tales)
** ''Pacific Overtures'' (the sort of East-meets-West story best represented by ''The King and I'')
** ''{{Theatre/Assassins}}'' and ''Road Show'' (the American Dream)
* DoubleMeaningTitle: ''Follies'', ''Pacific Overtures'', perhaps to a lesser extent ''Company''
* DownerEnding: ''Assassins'', ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' (inherent in the [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet source material]]), ''Merrily We Roll Along'' (subverted in that it's placed at the beginning), ''Sweeney Todd'', ''Follies'', ''Evening Primrose''.
** Some stagings of ''Gypsy'', notably the 2008 production starring Patti [=LuPone=].
* GossipyHens: Most of the minor characters in ''Sunday in the Park with George'', and some Gossipy Roosters in the form of the soldiers in ''Passion''.
* ''{{Leitmotif}}''
* LyricalDissonance
* PatterSong: Uses these often in his musicals, such as "Getting Married Today" in ''Company,'' "The Contest" in ''Sweeney Todd,'' and "Now" in ''A Little Night Music.''
* {{Reconstruction}}: Arguably, ''Passion'', of the archetypal love epic.
* SanitySlippageSong: He's got several - "Epiphany" from ''Sweeney Todd,'' "Getting Married Today" from ''Company,'' "Live, Laugh, Love" from ''Follies,'' "Franklin Shepard Inc." from ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong,'' and "Rose's Turn" from ''Gypsy.''
** And really, any song containing the word "Ballad" in ''Assassins''.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Very cynical in most cases
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: More often inverted than played straight. Often he'll complete the rhyme, but in a way you'd never guess. Or he'll stuff in a bunch of internal rhymes where no other songwriter will dare.



* {{Deconstruction}}: ''Road Show'' (the American Dream)
15th Oct '17 3:45:37 PM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

!!Tropes used frequently in works by Stephen Sondheim include:

* BreakTheFourthWall: Almost always PlayedForLaughs. Used to great effect in plays like ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', ''Theatre/TheFrogs'', ''Theatre/{{Company}}'' and especially in the second act of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''.
14th Oct '17 5:55:24 PM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* BreakTheFourthWall: Happens very frequently and almost always PlayedForLaughs. Used to great effect in plays like ‘’Sweeney Todd,’’ ‘’The Frogs’’, ‘’Company’’ and especially in the second act of ‘’Into the Woods.’’
14th Oct '17 1:11:23 PM AustinCarver13
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* BreakTheFourthWall: Happens very frequently and almost always PlayedForLaughs. Used to great effect in plays like ‘’Sweeney Todd,’’ ‘’The Frogs’’, ‘’Company’’ and especially in the second act of ‘’Into the Woods.’’
This list shows the last 10 events of 60. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Creator.StephenSondheim