Course Description

ONLINE: In 1971, Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics for "Godspell," a musical adaptation of the Gospel of St. Matthew. That same year, Leonard Bernstein invited Schwartz to contribute lyrics for the composer's "Mass." By 1976, with the addition of "Pippin" and "The Magic Show," Schwartz had three hit shows running in New York. His subsequent stage shows — such as "The Baker’s Wife" and "Children of Eden" — would be less successful, though their scores were highly regarded. In the 1990s, he wrote scores for the films "Pocahontas," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "The Prince of Egypt." In 2003, he returned to Broadway as composer and lyricist of "Wicked," which has been running for over 20 years. In this survey of Schwartz’s career, students will learn about the distinctive characteristics of his work by listening to and watching excerpts from his shows and films. The course is primarily lecture with video and audio clips, but students will be able to ask questions and make comments. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
From "Godspell" to "Wicked": The Musicals of Stephen Schwartz
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Apr 30, 2024 to May 28, 2024
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Virtual Classroom  
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Class sessions are recorded.

Recommended reading:
Michael Kantor & Laurence Maslon, "Broadway: The American Musical" (9781493047673 )
Carol de Giere, "Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked" (9781540031464)

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