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Stephen Schwartz

Composer and lyricist for Wicked

Stephen Schwartz Wicked composer lyricistWicked marks a return to London theatre for Stephen Schwartz, whose work first landed in London when Godspell opened in 1972 with a cast including Jeremy Irons and David Essex.

Don't miss Defying Gravity - the first authorized biography of Stephen Schwartz

Defying Gravity with Wicked historyDefying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked unfolds the dramatic development process for Wicked the musical, including many never-before-told stories. The book features over 200 photographs and illustrations, a series of "Creativity Notes" from Schwartz and friends, and much more. Ask your local bookstore to order it or buy online

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Stephen Schwartz Bio - European Version

Stephen Schwartz at the pianoStephen Schwartz is probably best known in Europe for his music and lyrics for the stage musical GODSPELL and the DreamWorks animated feature THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, for which he received the 1999 Academy Award for Best Original Song. Other work familiar to European audiences includes the lyrics to the Disney animated features POCAHONTAS (two Academy Awards) and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, both with music by Alan Menken. The latter was adapted for the stage and, as DER GLOCKNER VON NOTRE DAME, became the longest-running musical in the history of Berlin. Mr. Schwartz also provided lyrics in collaboration with Leonard Bernstein for Bernstein's MASS.

Other stage musicals for which Mr. Schwartz has written music and lyrics include PIPPIN, THE MAGIC SHOW, THE BAKER'S WIFE, WORKING, CHILDREN OF EDEN and the current Broadway hit, WICKED. He has released two CDs of new songs entitled RELUCTANT PILGRIM and UNCHARTED TERRITORY.

A book about his career, "Defying Gravity", has recently been released by Applause Books.

Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and is currently the President of the Dramatists' Guild. Mr. Schwartz is the recipient of three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, a star on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame", and a tiny handful of tennis trophies.


Stephen Schwartz SongbookSheet Music - See Stephen Schwartz Songbook, songbooks for Godspell, Pippin, and more: Schwartz Sheet Music

More about Stephen Schwartz

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Schwartz in Europe

Godspell album coverWhen the Schwartz/Tebelak musical Godspell opened May 17, 1971 at the Cherry Lane theatre in Greenwich Village, it became an instant hit. Co-producer Edgar Lansbury naturally, as a native Londoner, wanted to bring his new hit to London. He originally booked the Prince of Wales but the show ended up off the West End at the Roundhouse Theatre. Later it moved to the West End where it ran for several years before becoming available for regional theatre licensing.

Pippin came along shortly thereafter.

In the 1980's, Schwartz's lush score for The Baker's Wife attracted the attention of Trevor Nunn. Nunn heard "Meadowlark" in auditions and wanted to know more about the show. Working with Schwartz and Joseph Stein, they mounted a production. Though it did not survive long, for the 1989/90 season the show received a nomination for The Laurence Olivier Awards for "Musical of the Year," alongside Miss Saigon and others.

In 1990, Schwartz and John Caird brought Children of Eden to London. It suffered from circumstances and from not being complete. A revised version later became immensely popular for regional productions.

Der Glockner Von Notre Dame with lyrics by Schwartz ran for three years in Berlin.

Stephen Schwartz Interviews and articles about his work

For interviews/articles about the making of Wicked see

Schwartz discussing Wicked's music:

Decca Broadway interview with Schwartz about the songs

On - official Stephen Schwartz fan site: Read all about Stephen Schwartz - LOTS of info, photos, links, etc.
Carol's Wicked UK Site. Carol is also webmaster for the official fan site for Wicked's composer Stephen Schwartz

Godspell movie

The first authorized career biography of Stephen Schwartz includes the making of his musicals from Godspell to Wicked, over 200 photographs and illustations, "Creativity Notes," and more.