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The wordsmiths behind the great works of musical theatre usually get less credit than the composers. But if it weren’t for great writers, we wouldn’t have 'The Marriage of Figaro', 'Carmen' or 'The Rake’s Progress'. So here are ten of the best librettists.
The outstanding lyricist of our time, Sondheim was mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II who was like a surrogate father to him. Sondheim's big break came when he wrote the lyrics to 'West Side Story' for Leonard Bernstein. Such masterpieces as 'Follies', 'Company', 'Sweeney Todd' (pictured) and 'Into the Woods' have followed.
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