Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist of Godspell, Pippin and Wicked, among many others, talks with Larry Dean Harris at the Guild’s first National Conference about working with collaborators and the process of adapting work.
Recording from The Dramatists Guild’s National Conference, Playwrights In Mind in 2011
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Stephen Schwartz has contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags, Children of Eden, My Fairytale, and the current Broadway hit, Wicked. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein’s Mass and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies are Free. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, Captain Louie and My Son Pinocchio. For films, he collaborated with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and wrote the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt. He has released two CDs of new songs entitled Reluctant Pilgrim and Uncharted Territory. His first opera, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, premiered with Opera Santa Barbara in the fall of 2009 and was recently produced by New York City Opera. A book about his career, “Defying Gravity,” has recently been released by Applause Books. Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and is currently the President of the Dramatists Guild. Mr. Schwartz has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and four Drama Desk Awards.
Works include: Butterflies are Free (title song/ play and movie) 1969;Godspell (music and new lyrics) 1971; Mass (English texts/in collaboration with Leonard Bernstein) 1971; Pippin (music and lyrics) 1972; The Magic Show (music and lyrics) 1974; The Baker’s Wife, (music and lyrics) 1976; The Perfect Peach (children’s book), 1977; Working (adaptation, four songs, direction) 1978 (co-directed television adaptation with Kirk Browning for PBS-TV, “American Playhouse” 1981); Personals (music, three songs), 1985; Captain Louie (children’s show/ music and lyrics) 1986; Rags (lyrics) 1986; Children of Eden (music and lyrics) 1991; Pocahontas (lyrics) 1995; The Hunchback of Notre Dame (lyrics) 1996; Reluctant Pilgrim (CD of eleven songs) 1997; The Prince of Egypt (music and lyrics) 1998; Geppetto (music and lyrics) 2000 (re-named My Son Pinocchio); Uncharted Territory (CD of eleven songs) 2001; Wicked (music and lyrics) 2003; Mit Eventyr/ My Fairytale (music and lyrics, 9 songs) 2005; Seance on a Wet Afternoon (music and libretto) 2009.
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