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Stephen Schwartz, Pete Seeger, and Sting

March 10, 2014 Article

Musical Influences As a Broadway and film songwriter, Stephen Schwartz is constantly developing songs for shows, but he also listens to the music of pop music artists and lets the mosaic of sounds from his life influence his work. As he explains, “I am influenced by all the music I love and it somehow conglomerates [...]

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Stephen Schwartz Musicals and Broadway Jr

December 14, 2013 Article

Stephen Schwartz and the Broadway Jr. Program PHOTO: ”The Freddie G Broadway Experience” – A Master Class Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, Summer 2013. Top Row: Winning teachers: Spencer Lau, Claudia Appel, Joanne O’Kain, Lori Flanders, Merill Cheyne, Eric Bragg, Shirlee Idzakovich. Bottom Row: Freddie Gershon, Stephen Schwartz, Myrna Gershon. Courtesy of Music Theatre International. BROADWAY JR As you may know if you [...]

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Working the Musical Cast Album is Downloadable

September 3, 2013 Article

Working Original Broadway Cast Album is now available for download through both iTunes and Amazon.com. To download Working: Working Original Broadway Cast mp3 at Amazon.com or iTunes WORKING  ABOUT THE SONGS AND ALBUM: The original Broadway cast album for the musical Working (1978) is now available on iTunes. This is good news as the CD version hasn’t been in circulation for a [...]

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Pippin New Broadway Cast Recording: Special Features

June 6, 2013 Article

What makes this new Pippin recording special? By Carol de Giere The 2013 new Broadway cast recording of Pippin is not simply a replication of the 1972 album with new singers. It does offer outstanding new vocal performances by the Broadway revival cast, but it also includes previously unrecorded parts of the score and new [...]

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Stephen Schwartz at Sixty-Five

March 6, 2013 Article

[PHOTO: Composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz, 2012. Photo by Olivier Ciappa.] The Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriter Stephen Schwartz marks his sixty-fifth birthday today, March 6, 2013. With dozens of musical scores completed and several more in midstream, it seems unlikely that he’ll ever retire (again). It’s easy to forget that long before Wicked, he once did retire [...]

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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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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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