Look Back at the Stage Musicals of Stephen Schwartz

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The acclaimed composer and lyricist celebrates his birthday March 6.

March 6 marks the birthday of celebrated composer Stephen Schwartz, whose work on Broadway and the big screen has included some of the most iconic tunes of the last 50 years. Born March 6, 1948, in New York City, Schwartz grew up studying piano and composition. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, Schwartz briefly worked as a record producer for RCA before transitioning to Broadway.

Some of Schwartz’s most beloved shows included Pippin, Godspell, and Wicked, while his work on screen has resulted in the iconic scores and songs for Disney’s Pocahontas and DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt, both of which earned him Academy Awards. Schwartz was awarded with an honorary Tony Award, the Isabelle Stevenson Award, in 2015.

Most recently, the screen-to-stage musical adaptation of The Prince of Egypt made its West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre in 2020.

Look Back at the Musicals of Stephen Schwartz

Look Back at the Musicals of Stephen Schwartz

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Jeffrey Mylett, Herb Simon, Robin Lamont, Lamar Alford, Joanne Jonas, Sonia Manzano, Peggy Gordon, and Gilmer McCormick (front) in Godspell.


Cast of Godspell (1976)

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John Rubinstein and Cast in Pippin (1972)

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Ben Vereen and John Rubinstein (center) in Pippin.


Ben Vereen, John Rubinstein, and Cast in Pippin (1972)

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                <i>The Magic Show</i> (1974)</p>
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The Magic Show (1974)

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Doug Henning (left) in The Magic Show.


Doug Henning in The Magic Show (1974)


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The Magic Show (1974)

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Topol and the Cast of The Baker’s Wife (1976)

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Topol and Patti Lupone in The Baker’s Wife (1976)

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