Special Episode: D.T. Max on ‘FINALE: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim’


Longtime New Yorker staff writer — and author of the New York Times bestseller “Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story” — D. T. Max delivers an illuminating and deeply personal collection of interviews with the late Stephen Sondheim, conducted in the last years of the artist’s life. Published to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Sondheim’s death, “FINALE: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim” reveals the legendary composer-lyricist as he was rarely seen in public.

At the end of Sondheim’s life, Max was working on a major profile that would be timed to the eventual premiere of a new musical Sondheim was writing. Following Sondheim’s death, The New Yorker published an exclusive online issue featuring excerpts from the interviews Max conducted in those last years. The response was astonishing: The article was widely praised as one of best interviews with Sondheim (if not the best) ever conducted; Max was hailed for eliciting a candor and vulnerability from the celebrated artist previously unknown to the public.

Purchase: “FINALE: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim” 

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