Defying Gravity: The Creative Career Of Stephen Schwartz, From Godspell To Wicked by Carol De GiereDefying Gravity: The Creative Career Of Stephen Schwartz, From Godspell To Wicked by Carol De Giere

Defying Gravity: The Creative Career Of Stephen Schwartz, From Godspell To Wicked

byCarol De Giere

Paperback | September 1, 2008

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(Applause Books). Defying Gravity takes readers into the creative world of Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz, from writing Godspell 's score at age 23 through the making of the megahit Wicked . For this first authorized biography, de Giere draws from 80 hours of interviews with Schwartz and over 100 interviews with his colleagues, friends, and family. Her sympathetic yet frank narrative reveals never-before-told stories and explores both Schwartz's phenomenal hits and expensive flops. The book also includes a series of "Creativity Notes" with insights about artistic life, and more than 200 photographs and illustrations. "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." - Stephen Flaherty, Tony-Award winning composer of Ragtime, Seussical, and Once On This Island "This is a fantastic book, scrapbook, story and photo collection." - Broadwayworld.com "Defying Gravity, which takes its name from the Act 1 closer in Wicked, is not just a he-did-this-then-he-did-this biography: de Giere reconstructs the collaborative process that brought Schwartz's works to the Great White Way." - The Journal News "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, and A Lion Among Men "Trying to reconstruct the writing process of a musical is nearly impossible. Carol de Giere has captured it." - Winnie Holzman, book writer for Wicked (the musical) "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 "A must-have for any of the composer's many fans." - Theatermania.com
Title:Defying Gravity: The Creative Career Of Stephen Schwartz, From Godspell To WickedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9 × 7.5 × 1.23 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:Applause Theatre & Cinema BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1557837457

ISBN - 13:9781557837455

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A+mazing! Author Carol de Giere's wonderfully detailed, exhaustively researched book "Defying Gravity" perfectly captures both the career and the life of musical theatre legend Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz's work is thoroughly explored from mega hits like GODSPELL, PIPPIN and WICKED, as well as shows that initially flopped but eventually found their footing thanks to the composer and his collaborator's diligent refining. These productions inlude THE BAKER's WIFE, WORKING and the now oftened-performed CHILDREN OF EDEN. Fans of animated films will find insightful chapters on the making of award-winning Hollywood hits such as POCAHONTAS, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME , and THE PRINCE OF EGYPT. A wonderfully unique aspect of the book is the use of "Creative Notes" throughout, giving readers insight and practical advice on navigating the challenges of the writing for the musical theatre. A significant portion of the book is dedicated the musical WICKED providing readers with a truly detailed account of the show from the initial idea to bring it to the stage through its enormous success as a world-wide phenomenon. Additionally, there are fantastic photos, not only of Schwartz's productions but also shots from his life dating back to his childhood thru more recent times. As well, the book has many "extras" such as the making of the cast recording of WICKED and the specific musical influences on each number in the score of GODSPELL. This is a MUST HAVE for both Schwartz fanatics as well as anyone interested in musical theatre and how it's created.
Date published: 2011-06-03