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An Evening with Stephen Schwartz Comes to Kennedy Center, May 1

Stephen Schwartz, who fused theatre music and pop in his scores for Godspell, Pippin and Wicked, will sit down for an interview at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on May 1st, 2006.

An Evening with Stephen Schwartz, which will be held at 6 PM in the Atrium, will be moderated by Michael Kerker; the latter is ASCAP's Director of Musical Theatre.

Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics for Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker's Wife and Children of Eden, and contributed his songs to the score of Working; he also collaborated with Charles Strouse on Rags. He has also written for the big screen, with a number of scores for animated films; he wrote music and lyrics for DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt and the TV musical Geppetto, as well as lyrics for the Disney films Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (both with Alan Menken).  Schwartz, whose two solo CDs Relucant Pilgrim and Uncharted Territory feature him performing his own songs, has received three each of the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Drama Desk Awards.

Wicked is Schwartz' most commerically-successful show to date, with the Broadway and Chicago productions as well as the national tour selling out on a nightly basis.  The tour, which stars Stephanie J. Block as Elphaba and Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda, will also come to the Kennedy Center; it will run there from December 1st through January 15th, 2006.

Tickets for the interview, which are $15, will be available beginning on September 9th.  For more information, visit www.kennedy-center.org.


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