Upcoming Event

D. T. Max at Harvard Book Store

presenting

Finale:
Late Conversations
with Stephen Sondheim

in conversation with CHRISTOPHER EHLERS

Date

Dec
9
Friday
December 9, 2022
7:00 PM ET

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes D. T. Max—staff writer at The New Yorker and author of national bestseller Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story—for a discussion of his new book Finale: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim. He will be joined in conversation by CHRISTOPHER EHLERS—Treasurer of the Boston Theater Critics Association and the Associate Arts Editor for DigBoston.

A Return to In-Person Events

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About Finale

In 2017, New Yorker staff writer D.T. Max began working on a major profile of Stephen Sondheim that would be timed to the eventual premiere of a new musical Sondheim was writing. Sadly , that process – and the years of conversation – was cut short by Sondheim’s own hesitations, then the global pandemic, and finally by the great artist’s death in November 2021.

Now, Max has taken the raw version of these conversations and knit them together into an unforgettable work of literature and celebration. Finale reveals Sondheim—a star who disliked the spotlight—at his most relaxed, thoughtful, sardonic, and engaging, as he talks about work, music, movies, family, New York City, aging, the creative process, and much more.

Max brings you into the room and gives you a front row seat for their unusual and intimate three-year-long “pas de deux.” The two bond, spar, separate, and reunite, as Max elicits from Sondheim a candor and vulnerability he seldom displayed in public.

This is a unique portrait of an artist in his twilight, offering remarkable insight into the mind and heart of a genius whose work changed American musical theater and popular culture forever.

Praise for Finale

"Max paints a nuanced and sympathetic portrait of a notoriously private figure, enhanced with his own astute and earnest perspective . . . . Sondheim’s fans shouldn’t miss this." —Publishers Weekly

Christopher Ehlers
Christopher Ehlers

Christopher Ehlers

Christopher Ehlers is Treasurer of the Boston Theater Critics Association and the Associate Arts Editor for DigBoston where he has covered art, theater, and other cultural happenings since 2015. He also serves as theater critic for TheaterMania. Ehlers studied theater at Marymount Manhattan College where he reviewed Broadway shows for The Monitor, Marymount’s student newspaper. He has worked professionally as a pianist and musical director and for several years taught musical theater to young children. Ehlers has also held positions at Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

D. T. Max
D. T. Max

D. T. Max

D. T. Max is a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery, published in 2007, and the national bestseller Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, published in 2012.

Photo Credit: Flash Rosenberg

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