Scholarly works

Academic papers, theses and dissertations


Bain, Landon Lee. Sondheim and Authorship: Assassins as a Case Study

MFA thesis, UC San Diego (2017)


Blustein, Nathan. Through arrangements of shadows: experiences of reprise in Stephen Sondheim's lightmotivic musicals

Dissertation, Indiana University (2020)


Borke, Ted. Love Takes Time: The Music of Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim

Honors Thesis, Ball State University (2009)


Calderazzo, Diana Louis., Stephen Sondheim's Gesamtkunstwerk: The Concept Musical As Wagnerian Total Theatre

Masters Thesis, University of Central Florida (2005)


DeLong, Darcie. Careful the Things You Say: Sondheim’s Didactic Nature and its Effects on Community

Paper, Milligan University (2012)


Fernandez, Julian. Stephen Sondheim: identity construction in the context of postmodernism

Masters thesis, University of Birmingham. (2022)


Flavin, Sandra. The Cultural Perspectives of West Side Story

Honors thesis, Middle Tennessee State University (2019)


Francis, Benjamin James. careful the spell you cast: disillusionment and maturity in the musical theatre of Stephen Sondheim

Doctoral Thesis, University of London (2019)


Frances Sharpe-Levine, Elizabeth. “Someday Just Began”: Directing Stephen Sondheim & George Furth’s Merrily We Roll Along

Honors Thesis, Tufts University (2012)


Goffard, Kevin P.  'Give Us More Us More To See': a Feminist and Queer Look at Stephen Sondheim

Masters Thesis, Illinois State University (2021)


Housez, Lara. Becoming Stephen Sondheim

Dissertation, Eastman School of Music (2013)


Dissertation, Louisiana State (2013)


Lambert, Josephine Gay. Finishing the Hat where there never was a hat: a critical analysis of the words and music of Stephen Sondheim and their relationship to the development of musical theatre as an art form

Dissertation, University of South Africa (1998)


Lipman, Rebecca. Stephen Sondheim and Musical Characterization

Honors Thesis, Emory College (2012)


Manning, Peter. Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: A Study

Masters Thesis, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (2014)


Manno, Noah. Stephen Sondheim: Political and Cultural Awareness in Into The Woods

Senior Thesis Millersville University of Pennsylvania, (2023)


Miskoff, Ashley. Interrogation of the American Dream in Stephen Sondheim's Assassins”

Honors Thesis, Florida State University (2011)


McHugh, D. Climb High : Sondheim at the gateway to his career

Article, The University of Sheffield, UK (2019)


Matthew Nash-Brown. Everybody Says Don't: An Examination of Works by Stephen Sondheim in High School Theatre Programs

University of Central Florida (2020)


Pribyl, Ashley. Sociocultural and collaborative antagonism in the Harold Prince - Stephen Sondheim musicals (1970 to 1979)

Dissertation, Washington University (2019)


Purin, Peter. “I've a Voice, I've a Voice": Determining Stephen Sondheim's Compositional Style Through a Music-theoretic Analysis of His Theater Works

Dissertation, University of Kansas (2011)


Rubel, Jeffrey. ‘You never need an analyst with Bobby around’: The mid-20th-century human sciences in Sondheim and Furth's musical Company

Article, University of Cambridge (2022)


Smith, Helen. The Art of Glorification: A History of Pastiche, and its use within Sondheim's 'Follies'



Stith, Nathan. Creating West Side Story: An Investigation of the Sociopolitical Backgrounds and Collaborative Relationships of Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim in the Creation of the Original Broadway Production of West Side Story

Masters Thesis, University of Colorado Boulder (2011)


Temple, Heidi A. "Every Now and Then a Madman's Bound to Come along…" the Use of Disability Metaphor in the Musicals of Stephen Sondheim

Masters Thesis, Florida State University (2006)


Urbinati, Robert Paul. Treatment of Character in the Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim: A. Little Night Music and Pacific Overtures

Dissertation, University of Michigan (1994)


Worshom, Luke. "You're New or Else You're Through": How Collaborating with James Lapine Kept Stephen Sondheim Fresh and Youthful in His Fifties and Sixties

senior honors thesis, Belmont University, (2022)


Wong, Hei Yin. Connecting the dots: disjunction and coherence in selected Broadway musicals from the 1980s by Stephen Sondheim

Masters Thesis, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2014)