New books on “Wicked”

September 1, 2011 books for fans

Now that my Stephen Schwartz biography, Defying Gravity, has been out for three years and you’ve all read it (right? – www.DefyingGravityTheBook.com), it’s time for new material for Schwartz and Wicked enthusists. So I’ll report on three books you could read this fall.  Wicked: A Musical Biography  My friend Paul Laird wrote a book that [...]

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New York City Events with Stephen Schwartz: Spring 2011

April 6, 2011 Events with Stephen Schwartz

Sunday, April 10, 2011 – Is It a Musical or Opera panel A panel of distinguished composers and playwrights join Stephen Schwartz for an in-depth look at what defines the opera and musical theater genres. The roundtable will take place on the set of Schwartz’s hit Broadway musical Wicked. It has been reported that Adam [...]

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Children of Eden Symphonic Premiere and Schwartz Concert

April 5, 2011 Events with Stephen Schwartz

Children of Eden with full orchestra Children of Eden is one of Stephen Schwartz’s most popular musicals for stock and amateur productions through Music Theatre International, thanks to the rich score and philosophically interesting book. Now Piane Productions is taking it to a new level. They’ve organized a world premiere for the symphonic version of [...]

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Stephen Schwartz on Adapting “Wicked” (the Novel) into A Musical

March 30, 2011 Podcast

Audio clip from a public talk On this page, in addition to an audio clip, you’ll also find the transcript of Stephen Schwartz’s public talk about Wicked‘s origins, and my introduction. For visuals, I’ve inserted a photo of Stephen Schwartz and novelist Gregory Maguire from their first meeting over the rights. You can also take [...]

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Seance on A Wet Afternoon Opera – Deception Theme

March 29, 2011 Article

The Art of Deception: Mrya in Stephen Schwartz’s Seance on A Wet Afternoon, Frollo in the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Wizard of Oz in Wicked and Bernie Madoff in real life. I originally wrote these reflections about the deception theme in Schwartz’s opera “Seance on a Wet Afternoon” in the summer of 2009 before [...]

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Stephen Schwartz Opera Aria “Brightness Falls” Video; Interview

March 29, 2011 Interview

To play the lead role in his first professional opera, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Stephen Schwartz chose Lauren Flanigan. He had seen her in another opera production and thought she would be a  good fit as Myra, and so he contacted her. When she said yes, that allowed him to be able to write [...]

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Stephen Schwartz First Opera – Podcast

March 22, 2011 Podcast

                Stephen Schwartz has adapted the movie Seance on A Wet Afternoon as an opera. Read all about it and view photos on Musicalschwartz.com/schwartz-opera.htm (opens in a new browser window) Stay here to enjoy this audio clip: A conversation with composer Stephen Schwartz recorded while he was writing [...]

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Welcome

March 21, 2011 Article

Welcome to the world of Broadway and film songwriter Stephen Schwartz – at least from my perspective. I started this blog while I was interviewing Stephen and his colleagues for my Schwartz biography,  Defying Gravity. On a few occasions I set aside time from our book interviews to catch Stephen’s comments for the public. Using [...]

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