A dual biography of two leading contemporary contributors to the lyrical stage. It is not a comparison or a judging of merit, but an account of their works and those of their contemporaries. The book looks at each artist's working methods and analyzes their scores, including early works and those in progress. Stephen Citron looks at their early years and their private lives to assess the significance of both on their creative output. Scores and lyrics explored include: for Sondheim, "West Side Story", "Gypsy", A Little Night Music", and "Sunday in the Park"; and for Lloyd-Webber, "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Evita", "Cats", and "The Phantom of the Opera".
Stephen Citron is a composer, lyricist and lecturer. He is the author of "Songwriting," the standard reference work on the subject, as well as books on Noel Coward, Cole Porter and Oscar Hammerstein. He lives in New York.