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In the 1960s and 70s, the collaboration between Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince produced a series of Broadway musicals—including Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, and Pacific Overtures—that helped to challenge the positioning of musicals on the cultural barometer. This chapter looks at the early theatrical experiences of both Prince and Sondheim, explores the range of influences that helped to shape their collaborative works, examines the combination of tradition and innovation in the shows, highlights the different but crucial roles of both collaborators in the creative process, and evaluates the legacy of the Prince–Sondheim shows in America and beyond.

Keywords: Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Broadway musical, Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Merrily We Roll Along

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