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Defying Gravity

The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from "Godspell" to "Wicked"

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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

Overture: Entry to Schwartz's Ozp. 1
The Creative Career
1948 to 1974: Early Success: Godspell, Pippin, and The Magic Show
A Focused Childhoodp. 5
Morning Glow: The College Yearsp. 15
Transitions: Keep Dancing Through...p. 31
Godspell Off-Off-Broadwayp. 43
Godspell at Cherry Lanep. 55
Godspell Meets Mass and Pippinp. 67
Pippin Comes to Broadwayp. 81
The Magic Show Conjures Up a Crowdp. 107
1974 to 1991: Downturn: The Baker's Wife, Working, Rags, and Children of Eden
The Baker's Wife: Mixed Ingredientsp. 121
Working: Help Wantedp. 145
Mid-Journey Reflectionsp. 175
Rags and the 1980sp. 185
Children of Eden: Second Chancesp. 205
1991 to 2003: A Comeback: Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Prince of Egypt...
Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Damep. 229
Mulan and The Prince of Egyptp. 249
Wicked
Landing in Ozp. 271
Structuring Twists and Turnsp. 279
On the Right Trackp. 287
Story by Committeep. 295
Somewhere Over the Keyboardp. 301
First Drafts and "Adjustifications"p. 307
We're Off to See a Readingp. 313
Turning Points in Ozp. 321
If We Only Had a Teamp. 333
Character Developmentp. 349
The Countdown Beginsp. 361
Shock at First Sightp. 387
Pre-Broadway Summerp. 401
Wicked on Broadwayp. 413
Epilogue: After the Tonysp. 427
Extras
About an Author and a Songwriterp. 435
From Idea to Audience: The Odyssey of a Songp. 441
Godspell Song Storiesp. 457
Updates and New Projectsp. 479
An Enchanted Conversationp. 491
Workshops and Concertsp. 497
Wicked Outline by Stephen Schwartzp. 503
Recordingsp. 511
Notesp. 514
Selected Bibliographyp. 518
Licensing Information for the Musicalsp. 520
Acknowledgments and Creditsp. 521
Illustration Creditsp. 523
Indexp. 524
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781557837455
ISBN-10: 1557837457
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st September 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 19.1  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 1.06