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Encyclopedia > Stephen Schwartz (composer)
Stephen Schwartz

Background information
Born 6 March 1948 (1948-03-06) (age 60)
New York, New York, United States.
Genre(s) Theater/Film
Occupation(s) Composer
Years active 1970 - present

Stephen Lawrence Schwartz (born March 6, 1948) is a well-known American musical theater lyricist and composer. In a career already spanning over four decades, Schwartz has produced such hit musicals as Godspell (1971), Pippin (1972) and Wicked (2003). He has also contributed lyrics for a number of successful films, including Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and Enchanted (2007). Along the way, Schwartz has won three Grammy Awards, three Academy Awards and garnered six Tony Award nominations. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about the state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Godspell is a 1970 play by John-Michael Tebelak. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Pippin is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a libretto by Winnie Holzman. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pocahontas is the thirty-third animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The Hunchback of Notre Dame (also known as The Bells of Notre Dame in some countries) is a 1996 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released to theaters on June 21, 1996 by Walt Disney Pictures. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Enchanted is a 2007 comedy-fantasy-musical film directed by Kevin Lima. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...

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Biography

Stephen Schwartz was born in New York City and grew up in the area of Williston Park, where he attended Mineola High School. He studied piano and composition at the Juilliard School of Music while in high school and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968 with a B.F.A. in Drama. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Mineola High School is located in Garden City Park, Long Island, New York. ... The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory in New York City, informally but definitively identified as simply Juilliard, and most famous for its musically-trained alumni. ... Carnegie Mellon University (also known as CMU) is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ...


Early career

Upon returning New York City, Schwartz went to work as a producer for RCA Records, but shortly thereafter began to work in the Broadway theatre. His first major credit was the title song for the play Butterflies Are Free; the song was eventually used in the movie version as well. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Butterflies Are Free is a 1972 film with Eileen Heckart, Goldie Hawn and Edward Albert. ...


In 1971, he wrote music and new lyrics for Godspell, for which he won several awards including two Grammys. This was followed by the English texts, in collaboration with Leonard Bernstein, for Bernstein's Mass, which opened the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In 1972, the long-running Pippin premiered on Broadway. Schwartz had begun writing songs for Pippin while in college, although none of the songs from the college version ended up in the Broadway production. Both Pippin and Godspell continue to be frequently produced. Godspell is a 1970 play by John-Michael Tebelak. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Leonard Bernstein in 1971 Leonard Bernstein (IPA pronunciation: )[1] (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, and pianist. ... MASS (formally, MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers) is a musical piece composed by Leonard Bernstein. ... Pippin is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson. ... Pippin is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson. ...


Two years after Pippin debuted, Schwartz wrote music and lyrics to The Magic Show, which ran for just under 2,000 performances. Next were the music and lyrics for The Baker's Wife, which closed before reaching Broadway after a disastrous out-of-town tryout tour in 1976. However, the cast album went on to attain cult status, leading to several subsequent productions, including a London production directed by Trevor Nunn in 1990 and, in 2005, a highly–acclaimed production at the Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey. The Magic Show is a musical in one act composed and with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Bob Randall. ... The Bakers Wife is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein based on the film La Femme du Boulanger by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Sir Trevor King (born 14 January 1940) is a loser and film director. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


In 1978, Schwartz's next Broadway project was a musical version of Studs Terkel's Working, which he adapted and directed, winning the Drama Desk Award as best director, and for which he contributed four songs. He also co-directed the television production, which was presented as part of the PBS "American Playhouse" series. In 1977, Schwartz wrote a children's book called The Perfect Peach. In the 1980s, Schwartz wrote songs for a one-act musical for children, The Trip, which 20 years later was revised, expanded and produced as Captain Louie. He then wrote music for three of the songs of an Off-Broadway revue, Personals, and lyrics to Charles Strouse's music for the musical Rags. Louis Studs Terkel (born May 16, 1912) is an American author, historian and broadcaster. ... In physics, work is the energy transferred in applying force over a distance. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... A personal or personal ad is an item or notice traditionally in the newspaper, similar to a classified ad but personal in nature. ... Charles Strouse, (born 7 June 1928), is an American composer and three-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. ... Rags is a musical with a book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and music by Charles Strouse. ...


Later career

In 1991, Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics for the popular musical Children of Eden. He then began working in film, collaborating with composer Alan Menken on the scores for the Disney animated features Pocahontas (1995), for which he received two Academy Awards, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996). He also provided songs for DreamWorks' first animated feature, The Prince of Egypt (1998), winning another Academy Award for the song When You Believe. He wrote music and lyrics for the original television musical, Geppetto (2000), seen on The Wonderful World of Disney. A stage adaptation of this piece premiered in June of 2006 at The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, and was entitled Geppetto and Son. Children of Eden is a two-act musical play with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz based on a book by John Caird. ... Alan Menken (born July 22, 1949) is an American Broadway and Academy Award winning film score composer. ... Pocahontas is the thirty-third animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Hunchback of Notre Dame (also known as The Bells of Notre Dame in some countries) is a 1996 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released to theaters on June 21, 1996 by Walt Disney Pictures. ... This article is about the film studio. ... The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 Academy Award-winning American animated film, the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks. ... When You Believe is a song originally composed by Stephen Schwartz, and later refurbished by writer-producer Babyface, as the theme to the film The Prince of Egypt. ... Walt Disneys anthology series, commonly called The Wonderful World of Disney, premiered on ABC on October 27, 1954 under the name Disneyland. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ...


In 2003, Schwartz returned to Broadway, as composer and lyricist for Wicked, a musical based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which tells the story of the famous Oz characters from the point of view of the witches. Schwartz won a Grammy Award for his work as composer and lyricist and producer of Wicked's cast recording. On March 23, 2006, the Broadway production of Wicked passed the 1,000 performance mark, making Schwartz one of four composers (the other three being Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, and Richard Rodgers) to have three shows last that long on Broadway (the other two were Pippin and The Magic Show). In 2007, Schwartz joined Jerry Herman as being one of only two composer/lyricists to have three shows run longer than 1,500 performances on Broadway. Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a libretto by Winnie Holzman. ... Wicked, or Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, is a parallel novel by Gregory Maguire. ... Oz is a fairy country (fantasy region) containing four lands under the rule of one monarch. ... A cast recording is a recording of a musical that is intended to document the songs as they were performed in the show and experienced by the audience. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. ... Jerry Herman Jerry Herman (born Gerald Herman on July 10, 1933 in New York City) is an American composer/lyricist of the Broadway musical theater. ... This article is about the American composer. ...


Schwartz also wrote lyrics for the successful 2007 Disney film Enchanted, again collaborating with Menken. Three songs from the film, "Happy Working Song," "That's How You Know," and "So Close," were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. A recent project is incidental music for his son Scott Schwartz's adaptation of Willa Cather's My Antonia. He has also written the theme song for the new Playhouse Disney show Johnny and the Sprites, starring John Tartaglia. Enchanted is a 2007 comedy-fantasy-musical film directed by Kevin Lima. ... Incidental music is music in a play, television program, radio program or some other form not primarily musical. ... Wilella Sibert Cather (December 7, 1873[1] – April 24, 1947) is an eminent author from the United States. ... My Ántonia is considered the greatest novel by American writer Willa Cather. ... Fox Playhouse is the brand name for Disney Channels preschool programs, often airing as its own channel outside of the United States. ... Johnny and the Sprites is a musical television show aimed for preschoolers that airs every weekend on the Playhouse Disney program of The Disney Channel. ... John Tartaglia. ...


He is currently writing an opera based on the film Seance on a Wet Afternoon.[citation needed] Seance on a Wet Afternoon is a 1965 film which tells the story of a self-described psychic who convinces her husband to kidnap a child so that she can gain fame by using her psychic abilities to find the girl. ...


Awards

Schwartz has won almost every major award in his field, including 3 Oscars, 3 Grammys, 4 Drama Desk Awards, 1 Golden Globe Award and a self-described "tiny handful of tennis trophies." Although his music has been nominated five times for Tony Awards, and he also received one nomination for Best Book of a Musical, he has not yet won a Tony. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music... The Drama Desk Awards are awards given by the organization Drama Desk to honor New York City theater performers, both in Broadway shows but also off-Broadway as well. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ...


Major works

Stage

Butterflies Are Free is a 1972 film with Eileen Heckart, Goldie Hawn and Edward Albert. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... MASS (formally, MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers) is a musical piece composed by Leonard Bernstein. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Godspell is a 1970 play by John-Michael Tebelak. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Pippin is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Magic Show is a musical in one act composed and with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Bob Randall. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The Bakers Wife is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein based on the film La Femme du Boulanger by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Working is a musical with a book by Stephen Schwartz, music by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, and James Taylor, and lyrics by Schwartz, Carnelia, Grant, Taylor, Susan Birkenhead, Graciela Daniele, and Matt Landers. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Rags is a musical with a book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and music by Charles Strouse. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Children of Eden is a two-act musical play with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz based on a book by John Caird. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a libretto by Winnie Holzman. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Recordings

  • Reluctant Pilgrim (1997)
  • Uncharted Territory (2001)

For the band, see 1997 (band). ... This article is about the year. ...

Books

  • The Perfect Peach (1977) children's book

Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...

Film

Godspell, released in 1973, is the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Godspell. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Pocahontas is the thirty-third animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The Hunchback of Notre Dame (also known as The Bells of Notre Dame in some countries) is a 1996 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released to theaters on June 21, 1996 by Walt Disney Pictures. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 Academy Award-winning American animated film, the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Enchanted is a 2007 comedy-fantasy-musical film directed by Kevin Lima. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...

Television

Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Johnny and the Sprites is a musical television show aimed for preschoolers that airs every weekend on the Playhouse Disney program of The Disney Channel. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Choral

  • The Chanukah Song (We are Lights)

External links

  • Stephen Schwartz official site home page
  • Stephen Schwartz official fan site
  • The Schwartz Scene blog with podcasts of Stephen Schwartz talks
  • Stephen Schwartz Interview for MusicalTalk
  • Stephen Schwartz's audition tips at MusicalSingers.com
  • Musical writing tips from Stephen Schwartz at MusicalWriters.com
Son of a Witch book cover Son of a Witch is a sequel to Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and the fifth revisionist novel written by Gregory Maguire. ... Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a libretto by Winnie Holzman. ... Elphaba is the name given to the Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, as well as in the Broadway adaptation, Wicked. ... Glinda depicted on the cover of Glinda of Oz Glinda (or Glinda the Good Witch) is a fictional character in the Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum. ... The Wizard, on the cover of Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz The Wizard of Oz (or simply The Wizard) is a fictional character in the Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum and further popularized by the classic 1939 movie. ... Norbert Leo Butz as Fiyero in the Original Broadway Cast of the musical Wicked, with Idina Menzel as Elphaba. ... Spoiler warning: Boq is a character in author Gregory Maguires 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. ... Madame Muriel Morrible is a character in author Gregory Maguires 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. ... Michelle Federer as Nessarose in the musical Wicked, with Sean McCourt as Frex Nessarose Thropp is the name of the Wicked Witch of the East in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, as well as in the Broadway adaptation, Wicked. ... Doctor Dillamond with Elphaba. ... No One Mourns the Wicked is the opening musical number performed in the hit Broadway musical Wicked, composed by Stephen Schwartz. ... Popular is a song from the Tony Award-winning musical Wicked. ... Defying Gravity is the showstopper song from the musical Wicked, composed by Stephen Schwartz. ... No Good Deed is a musical number from the Broadway musical Wicked. ... For Good is a musical number from the hit musical Wicked. ... Gregory Maguire (born June 9, 1954 in Albany, New York) is an American author. ... Winnie Holzman is the creator of several American TV-series, including My So-Called Life which originally aired on ABC. She wrote the book for the Broadway musical Wicked and received a Tony nomination in 2004 for Best Book of a Musical. External links Winnie Holzman at the Internet Movie... Joe Mantello (born 27 December 1962) is a Tony Award-winning American actor and director best known for his work on Broadway productions of Wicked, Take Me Out and Assassins, as well as earlier in his career being one of the original Broadway cast of Angels in America. ... The following are the cast lists for the Broadway production, the Chicago production, the London production, the Los Angeles production, the United States touring production, the Japan production, and the German production of the musical Wicked. ... // Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel in a performance for the 2004 Tony Awards Best Musical Best Direction of a Musical (Joe Mantello) Best Book of a Musical (Winnie Holzman) Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Idina Menzel) WINNER Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Kristin Chenoweth) Best Original Score (Stephen... Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording) contains the songs from the Tony award-winning American musical Wicked, produced by Universal Pictures with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. ... The Grimmerie is a fictional book of spells found in Gregory Maguires novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, as well as the Broadway musical Wicked (based on Maguires novel). ...

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