Stephen Schwartz musicals you need to listen to right now
Stephen Schwartz has earned his title as one of the greatest musical theatre composers and lyricists, of all time. In his career, he’s penned lyrics and music for award-winning musicals based on original stories, brought the vision of stage adaptations to life through song as well as writing for operas. Take a listen to the biggest Stephen Schwartz musicals here and book your tickets to hear Stephen Schwartz’s music performed live.
Stephen Schwartz musicals
Elphaba’s been turning the West End and Broadway a shade of green for almost two decades, thanks to Stephen Schwartz’s musical touches. The lyrical mastermind behind musical theatre songs including “One Short Day”, “Defying Gravity” and “Dancing Through Life”, Wicked shares the backstory of the two witches who find themselves at a moral crossroads; how will they choose to behave? Wicked has had millions of theatregoers spellbound with its charming music and iconic characters, so be a part of the West End’s seductive spell at Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
The Prince of Egypt (2020)
After writing the Grammy Award-winning song “When You Believe”, Stephen Schwartz continued his ties with The Prince of Egypt, writing the music and lyrics for the world premiere that’s currently at the Dominion Theatre. It’s a musical of biblical proportion that sees Moses travel across his homeland to free his people, underscored by powerful music where the stunning scenes of Ancient Egypt come to life. Stephen Schwartz musicals often pack a punch, and The Prince of Egypt is certainly no different.
Taking inspiration from Christian myths and stories as told in the Book of Matthew, the music and lyrics in Godspell earned Schwartz a Tony nomination for best original score. It’s a tale of friendship, loyalty and courage, featuring musical theatre songs including “Light of the World” and “Day by Day”.
First performed in the 1970s, a creative team including Schwartz and Bob Fosse worked on Pippin, following a performance troupe that’s led by a mysterious character. In the musical’s history, Ben Vereen and Patina Miller won Tony Awards for their portrayals of the Leading Player in the original Broadway production and the 2013 revival respectively. In London, the musical received its premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1973, later revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2011.
Adapting a history book for the stage, Schwartz wrote the book and music for Working. Its initial Broadway run saw just 36 performances of the musical, following lives of those living and just getting by in the United States, tapping into different demographics. The musical received its London premiere at the Southwark Playhouse, starring Liam Tamne and Dean Chisnall.
Rags – (1986)
With lyrics by Schwartz and music by Charles Strouse, Rags deals with the history of immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island, seeking a life of hope and opportunity in America. It’s yet to receive its West End premiere, however the musical was performed at London’s Park Theatre in 2020.
Children of Eden (1991)
Similar to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, religious stories as told in the Book of Genesis are adapted for the stage in Children of Eden, first performed at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1991. The first half deals with the stories of Adam and Eve, with Act Two concentrating on the story of Noah and the Flood. Writing the music and lyrics for Children of Eden, songs in the religious musical include “The Spark of Creation”, “Let There Be” and “Stranger to the Rain”.
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