Meet the Composer: Stephen Schwartz (b.1948)
Stephen Schwartz is one of the leading American musical theatre composers and lyricists. Born in New York, he was taking piano and composition lessons at the prestigious Julliard School (the top US music and performing arts) whilst he was still attending high school. He went on to study Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in 1968.
Schwartz’s first major success was as lyricist and composer of Godspell (1971).
Pippin followed in 1972, and The Magic Show in 1973.
He has also worked as composer &/or lyricist for a number of Disney films including Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and Enchanted (2007).
Since Wicked, his stage works have included the opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon (2009) and The Prince of Egypt (2017).
A film version of Wicked, which is to include new songs and other material, is still in production.
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