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Back Cover of Defying Gravity - The Stephen Schwartz biography

On the back cover...

"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, A Lion Among Men

"Trying to reconstruct the writing process of a musical is nearly impossible. Carol de Giere has captured it."

—Winnie Holzman, bookwriter for Wicked (the musical)

"Stephen Schwartz is one of my favorite writers. His Godspell was the first professional production I ever saw and it inspired me to become a writer.  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.  Enjoy!"

—Stephen Flaherty, Tony Award-winning composer
of Ragtime, Seussical, and Once On This Island

"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

When twenty-three-year-old Stephen Schwartz wrote the score for Godspell in 1971, he launched a legendary career in musical theatre and film that included the blockbuster Broadway hits Pippin, The Magic Show, and Wicked. The Academy Award-winning songwriter also wrote lyrics for three Disney movies (Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Enchanted), as well as songs for the DreamWorks feature The Prince of Egypt. For this first authorized career biography, Carol de Giere draws from eighty hours of interviews with the songwriter, as well as from interviews with his colleagues. Defying Gravity delves into the challenging collaboration issues and decisions that led to phenomenal hits as well as expensive flops. It includes many never-before-told stories, a series of "Creativity Notes" with insights about artistic life, and more than 200 photographs and illustrations. Visit