Bow before the fucking king of musical theater.
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Sondheim has spoken about his frustration in his early career that there was pressure to write lyrics with less specificity so the songs could more readily become radio hits. Specifically, he was criticized for the line “I’m a woman with children” in “Small World” by those who thought it would prevent male singers from covering the song. Sondheim refused to change it in the show, but suggested an alternate line reading for male singers, and what do you know? Johnny Mathis had a hit single with the song, charting at #20.