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Stephen Schwartz

Also Credited As: Steve Schwartz
 
Date Of Birth:
March 06, 1948 (74)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
Authorized Biography: Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, by Carol de Giere) www.DefyingGravityTheBook.com Stephen Schwartz was born in New York City on March 6, 1948. He studied piano and composition at the Juilliard ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: March 06, 1948 (74)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
Authorized Biography: Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, by Carol de Giere) www.DefyingGravityTheBook.com Stephen Schwartz was born in New York City on March 6, 1948. He studied piano and composition at the Juilliard ... (read complete bio)

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Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1976
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[Off-Broadway, 2022]
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[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2014]
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[Broadway, 1978]
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Stephen Schwartz Biography

Authorized Biography: Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, by Carol de Giere) www.DefyingGravityTheBook.com
Stephen Schwartz was born in New York City on March 6, 1948. 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. Upon coming back to live in New York City, he 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.
In 1971, he wrote the 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. The following year, he wrote the music and lyrics for PIPPIN and two years later, THE MAGIC SHOW. At one point, GODSPELL, PIPPIN, and THE MAGIC SHOW were all running on Broadway simultaneously.
He next wrote the music and lyrics for THE BAKER'S WIFE, followed by a musical version of Studs Terkel's WORKING, to which he contributed four songs, and which he also adapted and directed, winning the Drama Desk Award as best director. He also co-directed the television production, which was presented as part of the PBS "American Playhouse" series.
Next came songs for a one-act musical for children, CAPTAIN LOUIE, and a children's book, THE PERFECT PEACH. He then wrote music for three of the songs in the Off-Broadway revue, PERSONALS, lyrics to Charles Strouse's music for RAGS, and music and lyrics for CHILDREN OF EDEN.
He then began working in film, collaborating with composer Alan Menken on the scores for the Disney animated features POCAHONTAS, for which he received two Academy Awards and another Grammy, and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. He also provided songs for DreamWorks' first animated feature, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, for which he won another Academy Award for the song "When You Believe".
Mr. Schwartz provided music and lyrics for the original television musical, GEPPETTO, seen on The Wonderful World of Disney. Recently, he released two CDs on which he sings new songs, entitled RELUCTANT PILGRIM and UNCHARTED TERRITORY.
Mr. Schwartz's most recent musical, WICKED, opened in the fall of 2003 and is currently running on Broadway.
Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and serves on the ASCAP board; he is also a member of the Council of the Dramatists' Guild.

Stephen Schwartz Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2015 - Isabelle Stevenson Award Gold Star
Stephen Schwartz
 
Olivier Awards - 2010 - The Audience Award for Most Popular Show Gold Star
Stephen Schwartz, Wicked
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2004 - Best Original Score Gold Star
Stephen Schwartz, Wicked
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Music Gold Star
Stephen Schwartz, Wicked
 
Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Stephen Schwartz, Wicked
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
Stephen Schwartz, Wicked
 
Olivier Awards - 1990 - Musical of the Year
Stephen Schwartz, The Baker's Wife
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Stephen Schwartz, Rags
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1978 - Outstanding Director - Musical
Stephen Schwartz, Working
 
Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Book of a Musical
Stephen Schwartz, Working
 
Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Stephen Schwartz, Working
 
Tony Awards - 1977 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Stephen Schwartz, Godspell
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1973 - Best Musical
Stephen Schwartz, Pippin
 
Tony Awards - 1973 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Stephen Schwartz, Pippin
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1971 - Most Promising Composer Gold Star
Stephen Schwartz, Godspell

Stephen Schwartz News

Bloomingdale School of Music 2022/23 Announces Free Faculty Concert Series For December 2022
by Stephi Wild - Nov 22, 2022

The series continues with String Quartet Gems on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 7pm, the annual Holiday Concert on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 7pm, and Virtuosic Violin-Piano Collaboration: Two Sonatas and a Ballet on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 7pm, both presented in-person and via livestream.

Gisela, Samuel Gómez y Lorena Calero doblan las canciones de DESENCANTADA Photo Gisela, Samuel Gómez y Lorena Calero doblan las canciones de DESENCANTADA
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Nov 21, 2022

La nueva película protagonizada por Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey e Idina Menzel ya está disponible en Disney+.

Album Review: Nothing Stupid Went Into Colin Donnell & Patti Murin's Debut Album SOME Photo Album Review: Nothing Stupid Went Into Colin Donnell & Patti Murin's Debut Album SOMETHIN' STUPID
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 19, 2022

The first album from producer Robbie Rozelle checks all the boxes.

Broadway Veteran Larry Alexander Lights Up The WP Playhouse Cabaret Stage With BROADW Photo Broadway Veteran Larry Alexander Lights Up The WP Playhouse Cabaret Stage With BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 18, 2022

Stepping directly out of his current role on The Winter Park Playhouse mainstage, Broadway veteran Larry Alexander lights up the theatre's Spotlight Cabaret Series with his latest solo cabaret - Broadway Showstoppers - December 14 and 15, 2022. Playhouse Music Director, Mr. Christopher Leavy, will accompany on piano. 

Listen: Disney Drops DISENCHANTED Soundtrack Photo Listen: Disney Drops DISENCHANTED Soundtrack
by Michael Major - Nov 18, 2022

Available now, the Disenchanted Original Soundtrack digital album features seven all-new original songs written by eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyrics by three-time Oscar-winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz, whose work on ‚ÄúEnchanted‚ÄĚ garnered three Academy Award¬ģ nominations and a score by Alan Menken.

Celebrate the Princesses of Broadway on National Princess Day Photo Celebrate the Princesses of Broadway on National Princess Day
by Team BWW - Nov 18, 2022

In celebration of National Princess Day, BroadwayWorld & Disney's Disenchanted are proud to present a special spotlight on princesses and fairytale heroines who've graced the stage and warmed our hearts.

Review Roundup: DISENCHANTED Premieres on Disney+ Photo Review Roundup: DISENCHANTED Premieres on Disney+
by Michael Major - Nov 18, 2022

An all-new live-action musical comedy, ‚ÄúDisenchanted‚ÄĚ is a sequel to Disney‚Äôs box office hit ‚ÄúEnchanted.‚ÄĚ It stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, Gabriella Baldacchino, with Idina Menzel and James Marsden. Read what critics thought of the highly-anticipated sequel now!

WICKED Will Embark on UK and Ireland Tour Beginning in December 2023 Photo WICKED Will Embark on UK and Ireland Tour Beginning in December 2023
by Stephi Wild - Nov 18, 2022

Opening at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 7 December 2023, Wicked will then travel to Bristol, Birmingham, Bradford, Southampton, Liverpool, Dublin, Sunderland, Cardiff and Manchester, where it will conclude at the Palace Theatre for Christmas 2024/5.

VIDEO: Idina Menzel & James Marsden Sing 'A Whole New World' From ALADDIN on THE LATE Photo VIDEO: Idina Menzel & James Marsden Sing 'A Whole New World' From ALADDIN on THE LATE LATE SHOW
by Michael Major - Nov 17, 2022

During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Disenchanted stars Idina Menzel and James Marsden broke into an impromtu rendition of 'A Whole New World' from Aladdin. Marsden shared that while they were on set for the upcoming Enchanted sequel, he and Amy Adams would attempt to sing a song with Menzel. Watch the video now!

Photos: Idina Menzel, Amy Adams & the DISENCHANTED Cast Hit the Red Carpet at Hollywo Photo Photos: Idina Menzel, Amy Adams & the DISENCHANTED Cast Hit the Red Carpet at Hollywood Premiere
by Michael Major - Nov 17, 2022

Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Maya Rudolph, Idina Menzel, James Marsden, Yvette Nicole Brown, James Monroe Iglehart, were in attendance at the premiere, as well as Alan Menken. Joining them were guests including, Darren Criss and more. The film‚Äôs single, ‚ÄúLove Power‚ÄĚ by Idina Menzel is out now. Listen to the single and check out photos now!

Stephen Schwartz Videos

VIDEO: Idina Menzel & James Marsden Sing 'A Whole New World' From ALADDIN on THE LATE Videoplay
VIDEO: Idina Menzel & James Marsden Sing 'A Whole New World' From ALADDIN on THE LATE LATE SHOW

by Michael Major - Nov 17, 2022

During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Disenchanted stars Idina Menzel and James Marsden broke into an impromtu rendition of 'A Whole New World' from Aladdin. Marsden shared that while they were on set for the upcoming Enchanted sequel, he and Amy Adams would attempt to sing a song with Menzel. Watch the video now!

VIDEO: Idina Menzel Sings New DISENCHANTED Song 'Love Power' in Clip Videoplay
VIDEO: Idina Menzel Sings New DISENCHANTED Song 'Love Power' in Clip

by Michael Major - Nov 16, 2022

Idina Menzel has shared a preview video of 'Love Power,' her new song from Disenchanted. The soundtrack will feature music by 8-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyrics by three-time Oscar-winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz, whose work on 'Enchanted' garnered three Academy Award nominations.

VIDEO: Amy Adams Sings in New DISENCHANTED Clip Videoplay
VIDEO: Amy Adams Sings in New DISENCHANTED Clip

by Michael Major - Nov 14, 2022

Watch a new video clip of Amy Adams singing a new song in Disenchanted, premiering this week on Disney+! The movie features songs with music by 8-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyrics by three-time Oscar-winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz, whose work on ‚ÄúEnchanted‚ÄĚ garnered three Academy Award nominations, and a score by Alan Menken.

VIDEO: Watch Idina Menzel & James Marsden in New DISENCHANTED Clip Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Idina Menzel & James Marsden in New DISENCHANTED Clip

by Michael Major - Nov 9, 2022

Idina Menzel and James Marsden return from the fairy tale world of Andalasia in a new video clip from Disenchanted, the new sequel to Disney‚Äôs box office hit ‚ÄúEnchanted.‚ÄĚ The new clip also features Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, and Gabriella Baldacchino. The film also stars Maya Rudolph, Jayma Mays, Yvette Nicole Brown, and more.

VIDEO: Disney+ Debuts New DISENCHANTED Trailer Videoplay
VIDEO: Disney+ Debuts New DISENCHANTED Trailer

by Michael Major - Nov 1, 2022

The film, which reunites original cast members Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, and James Marsden and also stars Maya Rudolph, Gabriella Baldacchino, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays, is directed by Adam Shankman and features new songs from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Watch the new video trailer now!

Photos & Video: Adam Jacobs, Stephen Schwartz & More Raise Money at ARTS FOR AUTISM Videoplay
Photos & Video: Adam Jacobs, Stephen Schwartz & More Raise Money at ARTS FOR AUTISM

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 22, 2022

Get a first look at photos and videos from Arts for Autism, an annual Broadway benefit held at the Gershwin Theater, with over $35,000 raised to expand access to the arts for those impacted by Autism. 

VIDEO: Liz Callaway and Nick Callaway Foster Perform 'Move On' From SUNDAY IN THE PAR Videoplay
VIDEO: Liz Callaway and Nick Callaway Foster Perform 'Move On' From SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

by Stephi Wild - Apr 5, 2022

Liz Callaway was recently joined by her son, Nick Callaway Foster, at 'To Steve with Love: Liz Callaway Celebrates Sondheim' to perform Sondheim's 'Move On' from Sunday in the Park with George.

VIDEO: History-Making 'Glinda' Brittney Johnson Makes Her First Entrance in WICKED Videoplay
VIDEO: History-Making 'Glinda' Brittney Johnson Makes Her First Entrance in WICKED

by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 14, 2022

Thank goodness! This evening Brittney Johnson took her first bow as Glinda in Wicked on Broadway! Ms. Johnson is the first Black actress to assume the iconic role. 

VIDEO: Go Inside Load-In For WICKED On Tour Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside Load-In For WICKED On Tour

by Stage Tube - Jan 28, 2022

What does it take to bring Wicked to cities across the country? Go inside the load-in process for the Wicked national tour, filmed at Tucson's Centennial Hall!

VIDEO: Legendary Composer Stephen Schwartz Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge Videoplay
VIDEO: Legendary Composer Stephen Schwartz Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge

by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jan 2, 2022

Watch as Richard Ridge chats with Broadway composer extraordinaire, Stephen Schwartz!


Stephen Schwartz Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Stephen Schwartz written?
Stephen Schwartz has written 23 shows including An Evening with Stephen Schwartz (Composer/Lyricist), Personals (Composer), Butterflies Are Free (Composer/Lyricist), Godspell (Composer), Mass (Bookwriter), Pippin (Composer), The Magic Show (Composer/Lyricist), The Baker's Wife (Composer/Lyricist), Working (Adaptation), Endless Delights (Composer/Lyricist), Magic to Do (Composer/Lyricist), A...My Name Is Alice (Material), Rags (Lyricist), Children of Eden (Composer/Lyricist), Rags:Children of the Wind (Lyricist), Fosse (Lyricist), Wicked (Composer), Captain Louie (Composer/Lyricist), Reluctant Pilgrim (Composer/Lyricist), Snapshots (Composer/Lyricist), Disney's Geppetto and Son (Composer/Lyricist), Having It Almost (Composer/Lyricist), Prince of Egypt (Music and Lyrics).

What awards has Stephen Schwartz been nominated for?
Isabelle Stevenson Award (Tony Awards) , The Audience Award for Most Popular Show (Olivier Awards) for Wicked , Best Original Score (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Wicked , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Wicked , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Wicked , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Wicked , Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for The Baker's Wife , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Rags , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Working , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Working , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Working , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Godspell , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Pippin Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Pippin and Most Promising Composer (Drama Desk Awards) for Godspell .

What awards has Stephen Schwartz won?
Isabelle Stevenson Award (Tony Awards), The Audience Award for Most Popular Show (Olivier Awards) for Wicked, Best Original Score (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Wicked, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Wicked Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Wickedand Most Promising Composer (Drama Desk Awards) for Godspell.


Twitter Watch

@composerstephen - 9/14/22 01:03pm Hear Stephen Schwartz's never-before-heard song Leaving Myself Behind, from un-produced musical Marley, sung by Mic… https://t.co/ouQDbTqjk8


@composerstephen - 6/28/22 10:17am For the Summer 2022 of ‚ÄúThe Schwartz Scene‚ÄĚ Stephen Schwartz comments on efforts for two Wicked movies. Also find n‚Ķ https://t.co/pbTi9k5XgS


@composerstephen - 1/3/22 11:23am https://t.co/rwcNiygrAL


@composerstephen - 12/15/21 02:57pm The Fall 2021 issue of THE SCHWARTZ SCENE newsletter for Stephen Schwartz fans is here. Read updates about THE PRIN… https://t.co/ccRenD1sPX


@composerstephen - 11/19/21 10:54am The new Localized version of WORKING is now available for licensing.


@composerstephen - 11/19/21 10:40am https://t.co/qx7aWW9jVe


@composerstephen - 11/8/21 12:16pm The 2021 ACT of CT production of Stephen Schwartz’s SNAPSHOTS world premiere cast album is available now on Broadwa… https://t.co/SKSNqgQOCz


@composerstephen - 9/1/21 10:25am Stephen Schwartz announces second extension for PIPPIN at Charing Cross Theatre in London https://t.co/tWvSbnktZr


@composerstephen - 5/15/21 11:11pm Check out this fan newsletter for Stephen Schwartz’s comments on Disney’s Disenchanted songs, Wicked movie location… https://t.co/UGmC1G1420


@composerstephen - 2/8/21 10:06pm Stephen Schwartz shares his movie news for Wicked and Disenchanted in Winter 2021 fan newsletter; plus, a chance to… https://t.co/lHoA9W6uoS


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