Stephen Schwartz :: Enchantingly wicked with the SFGMC
With a career spanning four decades, award-winning lyricist/composer and director has given us hit musicals such as "Godspell," "Pippin," and "Wicked." On screen he has also written the songs to such animated hits as "Pocahontas," "Hunchback of Notre Dame," and "Prince of Egypt," as well as the lyrics and music to fantasy musical "Enchanted."
His trophy case includes Drama Desk, Academy and Grammy Awards, with a half-dozen Tony nominations. His hit musicals have been amongst the longest running productions in Broadway history, and major cities across the globe have seen these hits. So it goes without saying that Stephen Schwartz is one of the most prolific contributors of material to the musical theater.
Schwartz was in Los Angeles working on a new film when I spoke to him about his upcoming collaboration with community choral group the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus being presented this month, the long lasting impressions of "Godspell" and "Pippin," his transition from writing for stage to writing for animated films, making pop hits from his music, and that ever eluded Tony trophy.
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.