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Chilina Kennedy and More to Join Stephen Schwartz at Mirvish This May

A once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an intimate evening of music and Broadway memories with Stephen Schwartz, the Tony, Oscar, and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist of the classic musicals Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell, the Walt Disney films The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted, and Pocahontas, and the DreamsWorks film The Prince of Egypt.

The evening will feature Mr. Schwartz in an onstage conversation with ASCAP's Director of Musical Theater, Michael Kerker. The discussion will explore the legendary career of one the world's most cherished theatre artists. Mr. Schwartz will also take to the piano to perform songs from his vast catalogue of award-winning work.

Joining Mr. Schwartz onstage will be an all-star cast of Canadian talent to celebrate his music. Performers include:

- Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful, Jesus Christ Superstar)
- Cynthia Dale (Star of Stratford and Dora Award winner)
- Jahlen Barnes (Passing Strange, Banks Prize Winner)
- Students from Sheridan College
- And more names to be announced soon!

Mr. Schwartz's visit to Toronto also includes two other special and unique events that will help celebrate and develop Canadian musical theatre artists. On Saturday, May 6, Mr. Schwartz will lead the first ever Canadian edition of the ASCAP Workshop. Two new Canadian musicals will be selected to present excerpts in workshop format for Mr. Schwartz and a panel of Broadway writers that includes includes Joe DiPietro (Memphis, Nice Work if You Can Get It) and Canada's own Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf). Mr. Schwartz will also conduct a master class in musical theatre performance with students from Sheridan College.

A special VIP donors package is available, offering a weekend of exclusive experiences. These include: a private dinner with Stephen Schwartz, premium seats to the concert, access to the ASCAP Workshop, and special recognition in the program. Interested donors and sponsors can contact office@cmtwc.com for more information.

The event is on Sunday, May 7 at 7:30PM at The Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge St.). Tickets ($29 to $99; V.I.P. Tickets $175 include Meet & Greet with Stephen Schwartz) and more information are now available at www.mirvish.com/shows/an-evening-with-stephen-schwartz and by calling (416) 872-1212.

Founded by Landon Braverman & Joseph Trefler, The Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective is the largest organization devoted to supporting and promoting the work of Canadian musical theatre writers. The collective has over two hundred members and includes composers, lyricists, and librettists from across Canada and abroad. Current initiatives includes the Writers Workshop, taught by renowned composer-lyricist Leslie Arden, and the sold-out global concert series Blame Canada!, featured in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and Playbill. For more information, visit www.cmtwc.com.



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