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Best Stephen Sondheim Publication by a CityBeat Theater Critic: The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia

CityBeat theater critic Rick Pender has spent the past three years putting together The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia. A former editor for The Sondheim Review (a now-defunct publication about the musical theater composer), Pender says this reference work is “a comprehensive A-to-Z encyclopedia with 131 entries that include discussions of Sondheim’s 18 Broadway productions — covering nearly five decades — and his life story,” along with interviews and discussions with actors, directors, musicians, designers and more.