Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz


3/6/1948, New York, New York

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Stephen Schwartz is a major composer for film, television, and Broadway plays. His vast career has spanned from the early 70s all the way into the 21st century. His film work has been honored with Oscar awards, though he has yet to win the Tony for his Broadway work.more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1977, Stephen wrote a children's book titled The Perfect Peach.

    • In 1978, Stephen won the Drama Desk Award as best director for his work in the Broadway performance of Studs Terkel's Working. He also contributed four songs to the performance.

    • Stephen wrote the lyrics and music The Magic Show, which ran for just under 2,000 performances.

    • Stephen earned 2 Academy Awards and a Grammy for his work on the scores for Pocahontas.

    • Stephen worked with Alan Menken on the Disney scores for the film Pocahontas.

    • Stephen provided songs for DreamWorks' first animated feature, The Prince of Egypt. He won an Academy Award for the song "When You Believe."

    • Stephen has released two of his own CDs: Reluctant Pilgrim and Unchartered Territory.

    • Within just a few years of Stephen's career, he saw three of his original productions playing on Broadway at the same time. They were Godspell, Pippin and The Magic Show.

    • Stephen's second big break came when he wrote Godspell. He won several awards, including two Grammys.

    • Stephen wrote Pippin while he was a student at Carnegie Mellon University.

    • Stephen keeps his own religious beliefs to himself.

    • When Stephen was a child, he frequently attended Broadway performances with his parents.

    • For his work on Disney song lyrics, Stephen won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.

    • Stephen has written many hit musicals. This includes Godspell (1971), Pippin (1972) and Wicked (2003).

    • Stephen's first major credit was his title song for Butterflies Are Free. The song was later used in a movie.

    • After college, Stephen went back to New York City and became a producer for RCA Records. Afterwards, he began working in the Broadway Theatre.

    • Stephen studied piano early on in life with a local instructor. Later, he studied piano and composition at the Juilliard School of Music in high school, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968 with a B.F.A. in Drama.

    • Stephen has won 3 Oscars and 3 Grammy Awards for writing songs for Disney movies.

    • Although Stephen is a major Broadway composer, he lost the Tony Award six times.

    • Stephen was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

  • Quotes

    • Stephen: I had always been interested in music. It just got directed toward theatre because when I saw musical theatre, I was completely knocked out by the whole experience.