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Author LinkDe Giere, Carol.
Title LinkDefying gravity : the creative career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked / Carol de Giere.
Imprint New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2008.
Description 535 p. :  ill., music ;  23 cm.
Type of Material Book
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 514-519) and index.
Contents Contents: Act I - 1948 to 1974 Early Success: Godspell, Pippin, and The Magic Show -- Act II - 1974 to 1991 Downturn: The Baker’s Wife, Working, Rags, and Children of Eden -- Act III - 1991 to 2003 A Comeback: Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Prince of Egypt -- Wicked -- Extras.
Summary When twenty-three-year-old Stephen Schwartz wrote the score for Godspell in 1971, he launched a legendary career in musical theater and film that included the blockbuster Broadway hits Pippin, The Magic Show, and Wicked. The Academy Award-winning songwriter also wrote lyrics for three Disney movies (Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Enchanted), as well as songs for the DreamWorks feature The Prince of Egypt. For this first authorized career biography, Carol de Giere draws from eighty hours of interviews with the songwriter, as well as from interviews with his colleagues. Defying Gravity delves into the challenging collaboration issues and decisions that led to phenomenal hits as well as expensive flops. It includes many never-before-told stories, a series of "Creativity Notes" with insight about artistic life, and more than 200 photographs and illustrations.
Per.Sub. LinkSchwartz, Stephen.
Subject LinkComposers -- United States -- Biography.
LinkLyricists -- United States -- Biography.
LinkMusicals -- History and criticism.

System Number 000665034
ISBN Link9781557837455

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