Finale: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim - D.T. Max in Conversation with Adam Gopnik

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

6:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

Headshots of D.T. Max and Adam Gopnick with book cover of Finale showing Stephen Sondheim.
Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required


This program is offered as both an in-person and livestream event. Choose one:




D.T. Max
, a staff writer at The New Yorker, discusses his new collection of deeply personal interviews with the late Stephen Sondheim, conducted in the last year of the composer-lyricist’s life. Excerpted in an online issue of the magazine in February 2022, the conversations revealed Sondheim as he was rarely seen in public, with a candor and vulnerability little shown before. Now, Max brings together the unedited interviews, creating a remarkable portrait of an artist in his twilight, offering insight into the mind and heart of a genius who indelibly influenced American musical theater and popular culture. Max, who is also the author of the best-seller Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, speaks with Adam Gopnik, a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of, most recently, A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventures of Liberalism.

Presented with the Leon Levy Center for Biography.

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A video of this event will be posted a few days later on our YouTube Channel.

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