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Defying Gravity The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from "Godspell" to "Wicked

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  • Format: Book
  • Author: Carol de Giere
  • Hardback/Paperback: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 544
  • Barcode: 9781557837455

"Defying Gravity" takes readers into the creative world of Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz, from his experiences writing "Godspell's" score at age 23 through the collaborative journey for the making of the megahit musical "Wicked". For this first authorized career biography, Carol de Giere draws from 80 hours of interviews with Schwartz and over 100 interviews with his colleagues, friends, and family members. Her sympathetic yet frank narrative reveals many never-before-told stories and delves into the challenging issues of collaboration and the decisions that led to phenomenal hits as well as expensive flops.Named after the heroine's song at the exhilarating first-act climax of "Wicked", the book attests to Schwartz's determination to follow his vision despite setbacks and negative criticism. And, in a series of 'Creativity Notes,' the composer shares his insights on tapping the subconscious mind, overcoming creative blocks, writing for character detail, surviving countless rewrites, working with feedback, and other topics. The book also covers the movie songwriting that landed Schwartz three Oscar nominations for "Enchanted" and three Academy Awards for "Pocahontas" and "The Prince of Egypt".

The Musicals of Stephen Schwartz

Defying Gravity biography covers all of the musicals with Stephen Schwartz scores and/or lyrics.

Stage Musicals
1971: Godspell — (music and new lyrics)
1971: Bernstein’s Mass — (additional lyrics)
1972: Pippin — (music and lyrics)
1974: The Magic Show — (music and lyrics)
1976: The Baker’s Wife — (music and lyrics)
1978: Working — (four songs, direction and co-adaptation)
1985: Personals — (music for three songs)
1986: Rags — (lyrics)
1991: Children of Eden — (music and lyrics)
1999: Der Glöckner von Notre Dame — (lyrics)
2003: Wicked — (music and lyrics)
2005: Captain Louie — (music and lyrics)
2005: Mit Eventyr — (music and lyrics for eight songs)
2006: Geppetto & Son — (music and lyrics)
Movie Musicals
1973: Godspell — (music and new lyrics)
1995: Pocahontas — (lyrics)
1996: The Hunchback of Notre Dame — (lyrics)
1998: The Prince of Egypt — (music and lyrics)
2000: Geppetto — (music and lyrics)
2007: Enchanted — (lyrics)

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