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Updated Stephen Schwartz biography Defying GravityNEW BOOK

October 2018, Applause Theatre and Cinema Books published the 2nd Edition of Defying Gravity Defying Gravity 2nd Edition - Fully revised and updated This authorized Stephen Schwartz biography features a Foreword by Alan Menken and the behind-the-scenes stories on the making of musicals to which Stephen Schwartz contributed music and/or lyrics, including Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker's Wife, Working, Rags, Children of Eden, Wicked, The Hunchback of Notre Dame for stage as well as movies Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, and Enchanted films.


The Prince of Egypt

The new Stephen Schwartz - Philip LaZebnik musical, The Prince of Egypt, based on the DreamWorks movie, has premiered and the album is available.

Magic to Do albumCruises and Cruise Album Magic to Do

Stephen Schwartz has created a show Magic To Do for the Princess Cruise lines. The show's cast album has been released - read details at Magic to Do. For the 2016-2017 cruise season, the show is Born to Dance. New shows will come up in the following two years.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Album and licensing

The new version of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame stage adaptation premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in the fall and will open at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. It's now available for limited licensing. Read here about the show and studio album: The Hunchback of Notre Dame.


A new German-language album for Schikander has been released in 2016. Read about the show and find a link to the album here: Schikaneder.

Wicked on Broadway

Stephen Schwartz wrote the score for the smash hit Wicked that opened on Broadway in October, 2003 and is still running. Wicked - see WICKED index page.

Wicked Movie release

Has a release date of December 20, 2021 - so maybe!

Rags - new

A new adaptation by David Thompson was staged at Goodspeed Opera House in 2017. Music is by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

The Godspell ExperienceGodspell book published

Stephen Schwartz has written the Foreword for a new book The Godspell Experience. The 384-page book includes behind-the-scenes stories for the making of Godspell, an exploration of each song, complete lyrics, 90 photos, and more. The Godspell Experience

Schwartz receives special Tony Award, 2015

Stephen was honored as the 2015 recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, granted for his commitment to foster the next generation of musicla theatre actors, lyricists, and composers. Read about his awards. Awards: Tony, Oscars, Grammys...

Stephen Schwartz is included in a documentary

Stephen Schwartz Broadway composerBroadway Musicals A Jewish LegacyThe documentary “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” premiered on Great Performances. Buy Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy (opens in new browser window to Amazon.com)

Frank Loesser "Heart and Soul" Documentary

Frank Loesser Heart and Soul documentaryStephen Schwartz was interviewed for this documentary. See main section and special features. "Heart & Soul: The Life and Music of Frank Loesser". Loesser, whose Broadway shows "Guys & Dolls," "The Most Happy Fella," and "How to Succeed in Business," was one of Schwartz's role models as he was developing his songwriting skills.


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