The year was 1971. A young musician from New York City, Stephen Schwartz, was about to strike gold. The recently married 22-year-old had labored over a musical, writing both the lyrics and music. He called it “Godspell.” Soon after it landed on Broadway, it became one of the most famous musicals of his generation.
Schwartz didn’t stop with one successful show. He went on to write several other musicals, including “Pippin”, “The Magic Show” and “The Baker’s Wife.” In the mid 1990s, Schwartz collaborated to produce scores for the successful Disney movies, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Pocahontas.”
But what 21st century musical lovers most know him as is the composer of the wildly popular Broadway musical “Wicked.” With the success of the production, Schwartz became the only Broadway songwriter to have three of his original shows play more than 1,900 times a piece.
He’s now in Chicago, working on another musical. It’s what Schwartz knows. He’s working on “Working”, a revival of the 1978 musical about, you guessed it, working. More than 30 years ago, Schwartz joined a team of collaborators to put on the original performance at the Goodman Theatre.
Schwartz joined us in the studio to chat and perform a song. Watch the web-exclusive video from his appearance on Chicago Tonight. You can find it on the top right corner of the page.
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