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Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked eBook Kindle
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This is a fantastic book about Stephen Schwartz career, extensively detailed and packed with a huge variety of information. There is also a significant number of photographs, some of them not easy to find in other sources (they are black and white in printed version, but they can be seen in full color in the digital format version). Although this book brings a lot of data on Schwartz personal life, it is not a standard biography, since the primary concern of the author was to adequately describe and analyze Schwartz cultural production over the last decades. The process involved in the creation, conception and execution of each artistic work is fully presented, ever since his first projects (such as Pippin and Godspell), with notes on authorship, partnership, song and lyric writing and necessary improvements and changes along the way to its final stage version. The first chapters are about Schwartz’s childhood and college years, together with the creation of Pippin and Godspell and the lyrics for Bernstein’s Mass. After that, there are chapters on The Magic Show, The Bakers Wife, Working (1 chapter for each show) and some “smaller” productions. Next, it is time for the animated cartoons, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Prince of Egypt (and the contend that took him off Disney’s Mulan, even after going on a field trip to China in preparation for working on this project). By reading these chapters, I notice how often religious themes are present in Schwartz’s works (Godspell, Mass, Children of Eden, Prince of Egypt), and I got surprised in reading that is was entirely unintentional. The most comprehensive section of the book is dedicated to Schwartz biggest hit: Wicked. There are fifteen chapters only about this show – which is a delight to fans. Details are given on:
- the very first moment when Schwartz came up with the idea of turning Maguire’s book into a musical while riding a boat;
- all the way through obtaining the rights and funds for the musical;
the process of writing songs and sharing comments and ideas about lyrics and libretto with Winnie Holzman;
- the choice of the right colleagues and actors to work with (and all the struggles Schwartz had to face with his creative team along the process of putting on the show – actually, something recurrent in his career);
- the first readings and rehearsals;
- the San Francisco try-out and, finally, Broadway opening, followed by the show immediate success.
I got interested in this book by now because I am Brazilian, and two official Schwartz’s musical productions are currently on show in my city, both fully translated into Portuguese – Wicked and Godspell. Reading this book before and after attending those shows gave me a more in-depth understanding of them and so I would recommend it to all theater lovers, in Brazil or anywhere else!
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The last section on Wicked goes through the whole creative process of what is going to probably be the most successful musical of all time. A must for budding musical theater writers.
In Carol de Giere's book, "Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz from Godspell to WIcked", she tells the fascinating story of the life of Stephen Schwartz from his college days to "Wicked" and beyond. It's all there from his early successes with "Godspell", "Pippin" and "The Magic Show" to lesser successes with projects in the late 1970's and 1980's then on to winning academy awards for his work on "Pocahontas" and "The Prince of Egypt" and then to the massive success of "Wicked". Anyone who is interested in the works of Mr. Schwartz as well as the interesting stories behind the scenes in the development of Broadway musicals should read this book. It is too bad that more movies haven't been made of Stephen Schwartz's musicals, but you can read about them in Carol's book and you can buy original cast CDs of shows such as "Pippin", "Wicked", "Children of Eden" and "The Baker's Wife" through Amazon. In addition, "The Stephen Schwartz Album" CD was released in 1999. It features Broadway actors singing some of Stephen's songs and it is a tremendous CD. Also, you can find the soundtracks for "Pocahontas", "The Prince of Egypt", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Enchanted". In the middle of all of his other projects, Stephen also found the time to issue at least two solo CDs, "Uncharted Territory" and "Reluctant Pilgrim". Trust me. You can't go wrong listening to Stephen's music. In my humble opinion, his songs rival those of earlier giants in musical theatre such as Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe.
The world is a much better place with talented individuals such as Stephen Schwartz and Carol de Giere.
As a scenic designer I have had opportunities to both see original Schwartz productions, and design local versions; in addition, I stage managed a concert that he was the featured performer in, and it was there that he also offered tidbits of his life and career.
I certainly recommend this book to anyone in the song-writing business, as well as a fine document and testament to his career so far. The side bar notes running through the book are not pulled quotes, but more bits and bites.