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For Pippin Fans: The Making of Pippin

Stephen Schwartz, Roger O. Hirson, and Pippin

Defying Gravity includes Godspell historyHow did Pippin's magic evolve from an idea to a Broadway blockbuster? Find out in Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked.

Pippin Chapter in Defying GravityDefying Gravity takes readers into the creative world of Stephen Schwartz who started working on a version of Pippin at age 18 and completed the score at 24 when the show opened on Broadway. The book features extensive details on Pippin's history in 38 pages that include never-before-told stories and many photos from the original production.

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Behind-the-Scenes Stories on Pippin the musical

Defying Gravity is the only book in which you can read about:

  • The Bob Fosse - Stephen Schwartz collaboration issues from Schwartz's perspective (various pages in Chapter 7)
  • Details on the origins of the show at Carnegie Mellon University, including pages from the printed program for Pippin, Pippin (pages 20 - 27)
  • How Carole Schwartz came up with the phrase "Cats fit on the windowsill" for "Corner of the Sky" (page 77 - 78)
  • The writing of "Morning Glow," "On The Right Track," "Love Song" and other songs.
  • Comments from the author's interviews with Stephen Schwartz, John Rubinstein (the original Pippin), Dean Pitchford (who was Rubinstein's understudy and often filled in as Pippin).
  • Schwartz's concepts behind the new "Theo" ending (page 480)

Pippin revival for BroadwaySee Pippin on Broadway

Read all about the Pippin revival of 2013. Broadway's Pippin first premiered 40 years ago at Broadway's Imperial Theatre Oct. 18, 1972, and ran for 1,944 performances. (PHOTO: Charlotte d'Amboise as Fastrada (center) with the company of Pippin. Photo by Michael J. Lutch.)


Illuminates Schwartz's particular genius

"For all lovers of the works of Stephen Schwartz, this is essential reading. Thorough and well-written, it is most interesting on the complex collaborations behind his work and illuminates his particular genius for combining lyrical and melodic invention in the service of a good story." -- writer and director John Caird (Nicholas Nickleby, Les Miserables, Children of Eden)

Reviews for Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity reviews

"Ms. de Giere has done a masterful job of entering into the mind, heart and soul of Stephen Schwartz in learning to understand his creative and collaborative processes..." --Al Chase

"Here is a book that explains just why it is so hard to make a musical – what “collaboration” actually means over the months and years that it takes to carry a concept from brainstorm to curtain call." -- Brad Hathaway

... and many more

Pippin Songs- Vocal selectionsPippin songs

Pippin (A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album)  

Pippin: Vocal Selections - Sheet music 

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