Photo Flash: Stephen Schwartz Toasts THE PROM Composers Matthew Sklar & Chad Beguelin
Legendary Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz led a toast to THE PROM's Tony-nominated songwriting duo, Matthew Sklar & Chad Beguelin, who are celebrating 25 years working together this year as their musical The Prom heads into June 9's Tony Awards as one of the season's most beloved new shows on Broadway.
Matthew & Chad met at NYU over two decades ago and immediately started writing musicals together, including Broadway hits The Wedding Singer and Elf, but The Prom marks their first wholly original work to make it to the Great White Way. Other Broadway luminaries on hand to celebrate the songwriters included THE PROM lead producer Bill Damaschke, Ragtime composer Stephen Flaherty, and librettist John Weidman.
Schwartz was on hand because he mentored the duo from the very start of their careers, and has been cheering them on ever since. After he took the stage at Manhattan Manor in the Theater District to glowingly introduce the gents ((he described The Prom as "wonderful, hilarious and very touching") to an audience of Tony voters, The Prom company, and friends & family, the party morphed into a look through Matthew & Chad's songbook with performances of: "Never Fall In Love (With An Elf)" from Elf, performed by Beetlejuice's Leslie Kritzer; "If I Told You" from The Wedding Singer, performed by Aladdin's Ainsley Melham and The Prom's Isabelle McCalla; and "We Look to You" from The Prom, performed by The Prom's Michael Potts.
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