Sondheim Encyclopedia coverage continues as fans order hundreds of copies

Check out the COVERAGE menu at to find a lengthy list of interviews and articles with Rick about this comprehensive reference volume. On June 15, author Rick Pender hosted a panel discussion for the American Theatre Critics Association, A Little Night Musing: Writing About Sondheim. His esteemed guests were Ted Chapin (author of Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies), Mark Horowitz (author of Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions), and Stacy Wolf (Broadway and Beyond: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America). Their lively 75-minute conversation is available on Facebook via this link:

Since you’re receiving this blog posting, you’ve expressed interest in the works of Stephen Sondheim at some time in the past. The Sondheim Encyclopedia is a comprehensive work — 650+ pages, 131 entries — covering all of Sondheim’s shows, his collaborators, and many aspects of his creative life. Go to for more information; the website offers a coupon code good for a 30% discount when you purchase the book directly from Rowman & Littlefield. Hundreds of copies have been sold since it was a released on April 15, 2021, and comments have been very positive.

Here’s an advance comment about the Encyclopedia from Rob Weinert-Kendt, editor-in-chief of American Theatre magazine: “Who needs an encyclopedia in the age of the internet? It turns out that when the subject is the inexhaustible career of composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, nothing less than a capacious volume will do. Rick Pender, former editor of The Sondheim Review, has compiled a trove of detailed entries about nearly every subject Sondheim touched, bringing to life not only the man’s well-known collaborators and projects but also many names you may have glimpsed in programs or on albums, as well as gathering definitive descriptions of lesser-known works and influences that you’d have to search dozens of books to cull. What emerges is an indispensable 360-degree portrait not only of an essential American artist but also of the culture that shaped him and that he in turn helped to shape.”

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