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Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked
     

Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked

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by Carol de Giere
 

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(Applause Books). Defying Gravity takes readers into the creative world of Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz, from writing Godspell 's score at age 23 through the making of the megahit Wicked . For this first authorized biography, de Giere draws from 80 hours of interviews with Schwartz and over 100 interviews with his colleagues, friends, and family.

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(Applause Books). Defying Gravity takes readers into the creative world of Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz, from writing Godspell 's score at age 23 through the making of the megahit Wicked . For this first authorized biography, de Giere draws from 80 hours of interviews with Schwartz and over 100 interviews with his colleagues, friends, and family. Her sympathetic yet frank narrative reveals never-before-told stories and explores both Schwartz's phenomenal hits and expensive flops. The book also includes a series of "Creativity Notes" with insights about artistic life, and more than 200 photographs and illustrations. "In Defying Gravity, Carol de Giere pulls back the curtain and gives us a fascinating glimpse into the creative process of one of the musical theater's greatest wizards." - Stephen Flaherty, Tony-Award winning composer of Ragtime, Seussical, and Once On This Island . "This is a fantastic book, scrapbook, story and photo collection." - Broadwayworld.com . "Defying Gravity, which takes its name from the Act 1 closer in Wicked, is not just a he-did-this-then-he-did-this biography: de Giere reconstructs the collaborative process that brought Schwartz's works to the Great White Way." - The Journal News . "A wonderful read. And the Wicked section provides a comprehensive account of a thoroughly recondite and even mysterious event: the gestation and birth of a phenomenon." - Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked (the novel), Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men . "Trying to reconstruct the writing process of a musical is nearly impossible. Carol de Giere has captured it." - Winnie Holzman, book writer for Wicked (the musical). "This is a loving, in-depth look at the career and process of one of our most important musical theater writers. I am happy to have it on my shelf." - Lynn Ahrens, Tony Award-winning lyricist of Ragtime "A must-have for any of the composer's many fans." - Theatermania.com

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ISBN-13:
9781458414168
Publisher:
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Publication date:
09/01/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
859,774
File size:
13 MB
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Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are my two fav musicals wicked because its awesomand godspell because thats how my parenrs met so i <3 this book.
Bitha4 More than 1 year ago
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!
Wicked-Chris More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
Bettie, in Oakland, CA USA
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Here is the first few notes for this song on flute wait for four counts low b flat f hih b flat a f b flat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Take me out to the ball game......seriously . Niw im craving cracker jack.