Stephen Schwartz

Lyricist, Composer, Director
A gifted composer and craftsmanlike lyricist, Stephen Schwartz was a child prodigy who began his musical studies in earnest at Juilliard while still in high school. While attending Carnegie Institute of Technology (now ... Read more »
Born: 03/06/1948 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (25)

Mumbai Musical 2015 (Movie)

(Lyricist)

Cat Dancers 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Song

Zombieland 2009 (Movie)

("Popular") (Song)

Enchanted 2007 (Movie)

"True love's kiss" (Music Producer)

Enchanted 2007 (Movie)

"True love's kiss" (Lyrics)

From Broadway: Fosse 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Song

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

("Day by Day") (Song)

Meet the Parents 2000 (Movie)

("Day by Day") (Song)

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

original songs (Song)

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 (Movie)

Latin lyrics adaptor (Theme Lyrics)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 (Movie)

songs(lyrics) (Song)

Disney's Pocahontas... The Musical Tradition Continues 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

songs(lyrics) "Just Around the River Bend" "Colors of the Wind" "The Virginia Company" "Steady as a Beating Drum" "Listen With Your Heart" "Mine, Mine, Mine" "Savages) (Song)

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

lyrics("Cold Enough to Snow") (Theme Lyrics)

Great Moments From Nature 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Echoes 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

Echoes 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Side By Side 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Godspell 1973 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Godspell 1973 (Movie)

musical director (Music)

Butterflies Are Free 1972 (Movie)

title song("Butterflies Are Free") (Song)

Geppetto (TV Show)

Song

Pippin (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))
Actor (4)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Betty Buckley 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Miss America Pageant 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Working 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

A gifted composer and craftsmanlike lyricist, Stephen Schwartz was a child prodigy who began his musical studies in earnest at Juilliard while still in high school. While attending Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University), he began writing what was eventually to become "Pippin". Graduating college at age 20, he returned to his native New York and found employment as an artist and repertoire agent at RCA Records. His first stage success came with the title song for the Broadway play "Butterflies Are Free" (1969). A college friend, actor and director Charles Haid, asked Schwartz to work on a stage show based on the New Testament. Schwartz provided a brand-new score (which included the infectious hit "Day by Day") for "Godspell". The show ran for over 1,000 performances off-Broadway before moving to a successful run on Broadway during the 1976-77 season.

Relationships

Jessica Lauren Schwartz

Daughter

Scott Lawrence

Son

Carole Schwartz

Wife
Married June 6, 1969

Stanley Schwartz

Father

Sheila Schwartz

Mother

EDUCATION

Mineola High School

Mineola , New York 1964

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1960 - 1964
Studied on weekends while in high school

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1964 - 1968
School name later changed to Carnegie-Mellon University

Milestones

2007

Wrote all the lyrics for the live-action/animated film "Enchanted"; again collaborating with Menken; earned a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for the song, "That's How You Know"; also received two additional Oscar nominations for the songs "Happy Wor

2003

Returned to Broadway, as composer and lyricist for "Wicked"

2000

Wrote original song score for Disney's "Geppetto" (ABC)

1998

Wrote music and lyrics for the DreamWorks animated film "The Prince of Egypt"

1997

"Children of Eden" produced at the Papermill Playhouse in NJ in a slightly revised form

1996

Wrote lyrics for Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"; score by Menken

1995

First feature collaboration with Alan Menken Disney's "Pocahontas"; won Oscar for Best Song for "Colors of the Wind"

1990

Provided score for London musical "Children of Eden", based on the biblical Book of Genesis

1987

Wrote score for episode of PBS' "Nature"

1986

Contributed lyrics to short-lived Broadway show "Rags"

1983

Wrote children's musical "The Trip"; produced in NYC

1981

TV directing debut, "Working" for PBS' "American Playhouse"

1978

Broadway directing debut, "Working"; also contributed four songs to the score

1976

Wrote score for ill-fated musical "The Baker's Wife"

1974

Had three shows running on Broadway ("Godspell", "Pippin" and "The Magic Show")

1972

First film score, "Godspell"

1970

Selected to write lyrics for Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" which inaugurated the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

1968

Worked for RCA Records

1968

Wrote title song for play "Butterflies Are Free"

1968

Graduated from college at age 20

1966

Stage directing debut at New London, NH, Playhouse

Raised in Roslyn, New York

'Retired' from show business for three years

Wrote first musical "Pippin" while a sophomore in college

Attended Juilliard School of Music on weekends while in high school

Asked to write score for "Godspell" by college friend Charles Haid

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the screenwriter of the same name or the British director Stefan Schwartz.

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There is an official website at www/stephenschwartz.com

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"One of the things I don't like about working on Braodway is that everyone has labels and that's all they do. One of the reasons I don't have the best reputation as far as a person to work with is I never did learn to just concentrate on doing music and lyrics. They didn't even want my ideas on orchestrations." - Schwartz quoted in Women's Wear Daily, May 1, 1978

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"All my shows are about compromise. There's a lot of Pippin in me." - Schwartz quoted in Daily News, May 2, 1976

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