Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz

Defying Gravity
Freed Center: Biggs Theatre

Season Opener

Friday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Freed Center Biggs Theatre


Join us for an evening of extraordinary music composed by the legendary Stephen Schwartz. From his award-winning "Defying Gravity: musical number from Wicked to other Broadway greats, you'll enjoy this evening of some of Broadway's greatest hits!


Special pricing of $4 per ticket will begin on Aug. 18th. Offer expires Aug. 25 at 11:59 p.m. 

Regular Headliner Pricing (Will begin at noon on Aug. 26th, 2014)

$20 adult

$15 Senior

$10 Faculty/Staff

$8 students/children



For general questions and membership information, the Freed Center Box Office will open Aug. 18 from noon to 5p.m. Monday - Friday.



Stephen Schwartz was born in New York City on March 6, 1948. He studied piano and composition at the Juilliard School of Music while in high school and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968 with a B.F.A. in Drama. Upon coming back to live in New York City, he went to work as a producer for RCA Records, but shortly thereafter began to work in the Broadway theatre. His first major credit was the title song for the play BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE; the song was eventually used in the movie version, as well.

Mr. Schwartz has recently been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. A book about his career, “Defying Gravity,” has recently been released by Applause Books.

Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles and serves on the ASCAP board; he is also currently President of the Dramatists’ Guild.


List of Works

Magic Shows and Miracles


BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE, title song (play and movie) 1969

GODSPELL, music and new lyrics 1971

MASS, English texts (in collaboration with Leonard Bernstein) 1971

PIPPIN, music and lyrics, 1972

THE MAGIC SHOW, music and lyrics, 1974

THE BAKER’S WIFE, music and lyrics, 1976

THE PERFECT PEACH (children’s book), 1977

WORKING, adaptation, four songs, direction, 1978 (co-directed television
adaptation with Kirk Browning for PBS-TV, “American Playhouse” 1981)

PERSONALS (music, three songs), 1985

CAPTAIN LOUIE (children’s show), music and lyrics, 1986

RAGS, lyrics, 1986

CHILDREN OF EDEN, music and lyrics, 1991

POCAHONTAS, lyrics 1995


RELUCTANT PILGRIM, CD of eleven songs, 1997

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, music and lyrics, 1998

GEPPETTO, music and lyrics, 2000 (re-named MY SON PINOCCHIO)

UNCHARTED TERRITORY, CD of eleven songs, 2001

WICKED, music and lyrics, 2003

MIT EVENTYR/My Fairy Tale (music and lyrics, 9 songs), 2005

SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON music and libretto,  2009