Past Features

March 27, 2006 (Vol. 3, No. 5)

Wicked Composer to Visit Lehman April 11

Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist for the Broadway hit Wicked, will talk with Professor William M. Hoffman (Journalism, Communication and Theatre) about his career and experiences writing music for theatre and film. This edition of Professor Hoffman's "Converstions" will tape on Tuesday, April 11, from 2-3 p.m., in Room C-14 of Carman Hall. The campus community and the public are both invited to attend this free event.

For over 30 years, Schwartz has contributed music and lyrics for both theatre and film, starting with the title song for the 1969 play Butterflies are Free. From there, he went on to write the music and lyrics for Godspell, which earned him two Grammy Awards. His other theatre credits include Mass, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker's Wife, Working, Captain Louie, Personals, Rags and Children of Eden.

In film, he collaborated with Alan Menken on the scores for the Disney-animated features Pocahontas, which earned him two Academy Awards and a Grammy, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also wrote songs for DreamWorks' first animated feature, The Prince of Egypt, which won him another Academy Award for "When You Believe." Schwartz also wrote music and lyrics for the original television musical Geppetto.

Produced by Lehman's Department of Journalism, Communication and Theatre, in conjunction with BronxNet and the College's Information Technology Resources Department, the series features discussions with theatre professionals about their experiences on Broadway and in Hollywood.

"Conversations" airs over BronxNet and CUNY-TV. For more information about the series, call (718) 960-8217.