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Overture: Entry to Schwartz's Oz 1
The Creative Career
Act I - 1948 to 1974
Early Success: Godspell, Pippin, and The Magic Show
1 A Focused Childhood 5
2 Morning Glow: The College Years 15
3 Transitions: Keep Dancing Through 31
4 Godspell Off-Off-Broadway 43
5 Godspell at Cherry Lane 55
6 Godspell Meets Mass and Pippin 67
7 Pippin Comes to Broadway 81
8 The Magic Show Conjures Up a Crowd 107
Act II -1974 to 1991
Downturn: the Baker's Wife, Working, Rags, and Children of Eden
9 The Baker's Wife: Mixed Ingredients 121
10 Working: Help Wanted 145
11 Mid-journey Reflections 175
12 Rags and the 1980s 185
13 Children of Eden: Second Chances 205
Act III -1991 to 2003
A Comeback: Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Prince of Egypt
14 Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame 229
15 Mulan and The Prince of Egypt 249
16 Landing in Oz 271
17 Structuring Twists and Turns 279
18 On the Right Track 287
19 Story by Committee 295
20 Somewhere Over the Keyboard 301
21 First Drafts and "Adjustifications" 307
22 We're Off to See a Reading 313
23 Turning Points in Oz 321
24 If We Only Had a Team 333
25 Character Development 349
26 The Countdown Begins 361
27 Shock at First Sight 387
28 Pre-Broadway Summer 401
29 Wicked on Broadway 413
Epilogue: After the Tonys 427
About an Author and a Songwriter 435
From Idea to Audience: The Odyssey of a Song 441
Godspell Song Stories 457
Updates and New Projects 479
An Enchanted Conversation 491
Workshops and Concerts 497
Wicked Outline by Stephen Schwartz 503
Licensing Information for the Musicals 520
Acknowledgments and Credits 521
Illustration Credits 523
Posted August 29, 2012
I loved the musical! I could see it 1,000 times and never get board of it. Thisbook is great. It gives you a "behind the senes" story of the music in the musical.
READ THIS BOOK AND SEE THE MUSICAL!!!!
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Posted May 5, 2010
I am a theatre minor at my university and I bought this book for a composer research paper for my Musical Theatre History class. I hate biographies and other works of non-fiction, but this kept me interested the whole time. Although I needed minimal information for the report, I ended up reading the whole book. I enjoyed the advice and the pictures that were scattered throughout the book. It definitely helped to inspire me to continue striving for my dream to be a playwright. I would recommend this for anyone who plans on entering the theatre business or is just curious as to what goes on to make a show magical. Great read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2009
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I have always loved the music, lyrics, and creative mind of Stephen Schwartz, writer of the scores for GODSPELL, PIPPIN, THE MAGIC SHOW, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, Disney's POCAHONTAS and HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE-DAME, and the mega-hit WICKED. In fact, WICKED fast became my favorite musical theatre piece. But how did this musical go from the page to the stage? How do musicals go from an idea to readings and workshops to full productions?
The answer to these and many other questions lies in Car...more I have always loved the music, lyrics, and creative mind of Stephen Schwartz, writer of the scores for GODSPELL, PIPPIN, THE MAGIC SHOW, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, Disney's POCAHONTAS and HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE-DAME, and the mega-hit WICKED. In fact, WICKED fast became my favorite musical theatre piece. But how did this musical go from the page to the stage? How do musicals go from an idea to readings and workshops to full productions?
The answer to these and many other questions lies in Carol De Giere's wonderfully captivating DEFYING GRAVITY: THE CREATIVE CAREER OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ, FROM GODSPELL TO WICKED. If you've ever wondered about Schwartz's personal life, its influence on his writing, and his creative process, this book is for you. Filled with stories, some extremely touching, many humorous, DEFYING GRAVITY offers a rather candid look at a brilliant composer...one who has experienced both triumph and failure, but one whose creative process has always been strong. You will learn some interesting details about his collaborators, his family, his friends, and his shows. Never boring, always engaging, and littered with many black-and-white photos (from Schwartz's personal file as well as from productions of his shows), DEFYING GRAVITY is a treat for anyone who's ever wondered about the creative journey of a musical theatre/film writer...or ANY creative person, for that matter.
In a way, DEFYING GRAVITY is a story anyone can relate to: De Giere dedicates her work to the creative spirit that inspires each and every one of us. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Schwartz, WICKED, musical theatre, or creating something out of nothing. Bravo, Ms. De Giere!
Posted October 19, 2008
I was enthralled by this book. Couldn't put it down, actually, and I completed it in record time. My enthusiasm for musical theater was the impetus to buy this well thought out and easy to read book. My interest has only been enhanced by finishing it. <BR/>The author has done a great deal of in depth research, which reads fast paced and is surprisingly riveting. If you are at all interested in the goings on behind some of the MOST important musical theater works in Broadway's history. Get this book! Mr. Schwartz is a master. His path is most interesting. You will learn a lot and be entertained as well. Keep aside some change to buy the CDs of his works. The sound track of Stephen Schwartz's life is historic. Happy reading. <BR/>Bettie, in Oakland, CA USAWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 13, 2008
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