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

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ISBN-10: 1557837457

ISBN-13: 9781557837455

Edition: 2008

Authors: Carol De Giere, Carol De Giere

List price: $27.99
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Defying Gravity takes readers into the creative world of Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz, from his experiences writing Godspell's score at age 23 through the collaborative journey for the making of the megahit musical Wicked. For this first authorized career biography, Carol de Giere draws from 80 hours of interviews with Schwartz and over 100 interviews with his colleagues, friends, and family members. Her sympathetic yet frank narrative reveals many never-before-told stories and delves into the challenging issues of collaboration and the decisions that led to phenomenal hits as well as expensive flops. Named after the heroine's song at the exhilarating first-act climax of…    
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

Overture: Entry to Schwartz's Oz
The Creative Career
1948 to 1974: Early Success: Godspell, Pippin, and The Magic Show
A Focused Childhood
Morning Glow: The College Years
Transitions: Keep Dancing Through...
Godspell Off-Off-Broadway
Godspell at Cherry Lane
Godspell Meets Mass and Pippin
Pippin Comes to Broadway
The Magic Show Conjures Up a Crowd
1974 to 1991: Downturn: The Baker's Wife, Working, Rags, and Children of Eden
The Baker's Wife: Mixed Ingredients
Working: Help Wanted
Mid-Journey Reflections
Rags and the 1980s
Children of Eden: Second Chances
1991 to 2003: A Comeback: Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Prince of Egypt...
Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Mulan and The Prince of Egypt
Landing in Oz
Structuring Twists and Turns
On the Right Track
Story by Committee
Somewhere Over the Keyboard
First Drafts and "Adjustifications"
We're Off to See a Reading
Turning Points in Oz
If We Only Had a Team
Character Development
The Countdown Begins
Shock at First Sight
Pre-Broadway Summer
Wicked on Broadway
Epilogue: After the Tonys
About an Author and a Songwriter
From Idea to Audience: The Odyssey of a Song
Godspell Song Stories
Updates and New Projects
An Enchanted Conversation
Workshops and Concerts
Wicked Outline by Stephen Schwartz
Selected Bibliography
Licensing Information for the Musicals
Acknowledgments and Credits
Illustration Credits