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All That Glitters

After writing By George, Oscar Hammerstein outlined a course of studies for Sondheim, having him write four musicals to learn the craft. Hammerstein instructed, "For the first one, take a play you admire and turn it into a musical."

He picked Beggar on Horseback by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly. He started All That Glitters while attending Williams College, and finished it in 1948, the summer between his sophomore and junior years.

The Adams Memorial Theater at Williams College

The hero of the play is Neil, a songwriter who has to choose between marrying a rich woman and his true love, a poor woman living in an attic. Sondheim got permission from Kaufman to perform the musical at Williams, and in March, 1949, it ran for three performances.

Five songs from All That Glitters were published: "When I See You," "I Must Be Dreaming," "I Love You, Etc." I Need Love" and "Let's Not Fall in Love."

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Assassins is about how society interprets the American Dream, marginalizes outsiders and rewrites and sanitizes its collective history. "Something Just Broke" is a major distraction and plays like an afterthought, shoe horned simply to appease. The song breaks the dramatic fluidity and obstructs the overall pacing and climactic arc which derails the very intent and momentum that makes this work so compelling...”
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“I found [the Sondheim Celebration's Company] to be completely delightful. Almost all of the numbers excited and energized me, and most of the scenes were about as pitch-perfect as you can get. I just sat there with a big smile on my face the whole show.

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