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Stephen Schwartz Biography

Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist. © Joan Lauren,

Defying Gravity authorized Stephen Schwartz BiographyDefying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked is the only book-length career biography of Stephen Schwartz. This site describes the book and also provides a short bio.

The book-length biography, Defying Gravity

In 2000, author Carol de Giere began interviewing Stephen Schwartz and his colleagues for the first biography of the award-winning composer-lyricist. Schwartz was in the middle of writing the score for Wicked, and de Giere was able to capture many behind-the-scenes stories during the process. The final version of Defying Gravity, with 544-pages on Schwartz's career path and creativity, hit the bookshelves in 2008. WHERE TO BUY DEFYING GRAVITY

Stephen Schwartz Bio (one-page version)

Stage Musicals

Songwriter Stephen Schwartz started his career in 1971 by writing music and new lyrics for Godspell. Next he wrote music and lyrics for Pippin and The Magic Show. When Godspell moved from off-Broadway to Broadway in 1976, Schwartz then had three successful shows running on Broadway at the same time.

His songs on the cast albums for The Baker's Wife helped keep the show in motion after it failed to reach Broadway in 1976. Children of Eden is his second most popular show for regional theatres. He co-adapted Working and wrote lyrics for Rags before transferring some of his creative energy to Hollywood. Schwartz's musical Wicked is one of the world's biggest blockbusters.

The stage adaptation of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, is now being licensed by professional theatres around the world. He is working on a musical on the librettist for The Magic Flute. Schikanader

Movie and Television Musicals

NEW: Monkeys of Bollywood is Stephen Schwartz's latest Dreamworks project.

Previously, Schwartz wrote lyrics for the film scores for Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and songs for The Prince of Egypt. He wrote songs for a Disney television movie Geppetto. In 2006, Schwartz collaborated with Alan Menken on Disney's Enchanted.


Mr. Schwartz is the recipient of three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies. He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame and more.... See details at Schwartz awards


His opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon has been staged in California and New York City.

Other works include:

My Son Pinocchio, Captain Louie, My Fairy Tale, Snapshots, Bernstein's Mass, and more. See

Home and Travel

Stephen Schwartz lives in Connecticut and has an office/studio apartment in Midtown Manhattan. He spends much of his time traveling for theatre activities, composing, conducting ASCAP workshops, giving concerts, and playing tennis.

Mr. Schwartz is married to Carole Schwartz. They have two children, director Scott Schwartz and art teacher Jessica Schwartz.

Stephen Schwartz Official Bio

Stephen Schwartz's official bio may be found at bio