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Also Known As: Stephen Lawrence Schwartz Died:
Born: March 6, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: lyricist, composer, director, record producer, artist and repertoire agent

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A gifted composer and craftsmanlike lyricist, Stephen Schwartz was a child prodigy who began his musical studies in earnest at Juilliard while still in high school. While attending Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University), he began writing what was eventually to become "Pippin". Graduating college at age 20, he returned to his native New York and found employment as an artist and repertoire agent at RCA Records. His first stage success came with the title song for the Broadway play "Butterflies Are Free" (1969). A college friend, actor and director Charles Haid, asked Schwartz to work on a stage show based on the New Testament. Schwartz provided a brand-new score (which included the infectious hit "Day by Day") for "Godspell". The show ran for over 1,000 performances off-Broadway before moving to a successful run on Broadway during the 1976-77 season.

A gifted composer and craftsmanlike lyricist, Stephen Schwartz was a child prodigy who began his musical studies in earnest at Juilliard while still in high school. While attending Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University), he began writing what was eventually to become "Pippin". Graduating college at age 20, he returned to his native New York and found employment as an artist and repertoire agent at RCA Records. His first stage success came with the title song for the Broadway play "Butterflies Are Free" (1969). A college friend, actor and director Charles Haid, asked Schwartz to work on a stage show based on the New Testament. Schwartz provided a brand-new score (which included the infectious hit "Day by Day") for "Godspell". The show ran for over 1,000 performances off-Broadway before moving to a successful run on Broadway during the 1976-77 season.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Working (1982) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Betty Buckley (1999) Interviewee
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Raised in Roslyn, New York
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Attended Juilliard School of Music on weekends while in high school
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Wrote first musical "Pippin" while a sophomore in college
1966:
Stage directing debut at New London, NH, Playhouse
1968:
Graduated from college at age 20
1969:
Worked for RCA Records
1969:
Wrote title song for play "Butterflies Are Free"
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Asked to write score for "Godspell" by college friend Charles Haid
1971:
Selected to write lyrics for Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" which inaugurated the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
1972:
First film score, "Godspell"
1974:
Had three shows running on Broadway ("Godspell", "Pippin" and "The Magic Show")
1976:
Wrote score for ill-fated musical "The Baker's Wife"
1978:
Broadway directing debut, "Working"; also contributed four songs to the score
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'Retired' from show business for three years
1981:
TV directing debut, "Working" for PBS' "American Playhouse"
1983:
Wrote children's musical "The Trip"; produced in NYC
1986:
Contributed lyrics to short-lived Broadway show "Rags"
1987:
Wrote score for episode of PBS' "Nature"
1990:
Provided score for London musical "Children of Eden", based on the biblical Book of Genesis
1995:
First feature collaboration with Alan Menken Disney's "Pocahontas"; won Oscar for Best Song for "Colors of the Wind"
1996:
Wrote lyrics for Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"; score by Menken
1997:
"Children of Eden" produced at the Papermill Playhouse in NJ in a slightly revised form
1998:
Wrote music and lyrics for the DreamWorks animated film "The Prince of Egypt"
2000:
Wrote original song score for Disney's "Geppetto" (ABC)
2003:
Returned to Broadway, as composer and lyricist for "Wicked"
2007:
Wrote all the lyrics for the live-action/animated film "Enchanted"; again collaborating with Menken; earned a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for the song, "That's How You Know"; also received two additional Oscar nominations for the songs "Happy Working Song" and "So Close"
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Education

The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1960 - 1964
Mineola High School: Mineola , New York - 1964
Carnegie Institute of Technology: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania - 1964 - 1968

Notes

Not to be confused with the screenwriter of the same name or the British director Stefan Schwartz.

There is an official website at www/stephenschwartz.com

"One of the things I don't like about working on Braodway is that everyone has labels and that's all they do. One of the reasons I don't have the best reputation as far as a person to work with is I never did learn to just concentrate on doing music and lyrics. They didn't even want my ideas on orchestrations." --Schwartz quoted in Women's Wear Daily, May 1, 1978.

"All my shows are about compromise. There's a lot of Pippin in me." --Schwartz quoted in Daily News, May 2, 1976.

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wife:
Carole Ann Schwartz. Actor. Married June 6, 1969.

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father:
Stanley Leonard Schwartz. Financier.
mother:
Sheila Lorna Schwartz. Teacher.
son:
Scott Lawrence. Director.
daughter:
Jessica Lauren Schwartz.
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