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September 20, 2009 | Irene Lacher
The sky is a clear and light enamel blue, but inside the banquet hall of the El Montecito Presbyterian Church, a light drizzle falls. You can't see the actual drops, of course, because they exist in another realm -- the bountiful imagination of "Wicked" composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz is one of the American musical theater's most successful composer-lyricists, and the scene is a rehearsal for his first opera, "Séance on a Wet Afternoon," which Opera Santa Barbara will unveil Saturday at the Granada Theatre for the first of three performances.
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December 11, 2011 | Larry Stempel, Fordham University music professor Larry Stempel is the author of "Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater."
Before "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" first hit off-Broadway and Broadway, respectively, 40 years ago -- the first like an ember that caught fire, the other like an explosion -- who but the most prescient or devout would have laid odds on any musical that ended with a crucifixion? But both shows have been entertaining audiences ever since. And there's no sign of either of them wearing thin. A revival of "Godspell" opened on Broadway this fall; a revival of "Superstar," born at Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival and now playing at the La Jolla Playhouse, is slated for Broadway next spring.
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March 26, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It may not be quite accurate to use the "Comeback Kid" label for an artist who's had the kind of success Stephen Schwartz has had. But it's a description that the multi-talented composer-lyricist-performer fully deserves. Schwartz, who makes his first Los Angeles appearance as a singer-songwriter Friday at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall, was one of the Broadway musical theater's hottest commodities in the early '70s.
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October 17, 2009 | Tom Nolan, Nolan is the editor of "Ross Macdonald's The Archer Files: The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Private Investigator
LAPD Det. Hayden Glass, the fractured protagonist at the center of Stephen Jay Schwartz's ambitious first thriller, "Boulevard," leads a double life. As a member of downtown's Robbery-Homicide division, he's "the elite of the elite." But as an intermittently recovering sex addict, he often engages in unseemly behavior more expected from the seamy characters he hunts for a living. Well aware of the fault line splitting his psyche, Glass at his best likes to think, "I'm more cop than addict."
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March 15, 1998 | KEVIN STARR, Kevin Starr is the state librarian of California. His latest book is "The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s" (Oxford University Press)
With the exception of a few cryptic suggestions in its epilogue, "From East to West" is not what it claims to be. It is not, that is, in its primary content and intent, an investigation into how California has shaped American culture.
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January 1, 1993 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Revised Standard Version: "Godspell Now," an updated version of the 1971 Stephen Schwartz musical about Jesus, has been booked into the Wilshire Theatre for an open-ended run beginning in late April. Co-producer Hal Grossman said Schwartz is cooperating with the project but declined comment on other details until later.
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December 11, 2011 | Larry Stempel, Fordham University music professor Larry Stempel is the author of "Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater."
Before "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" first hit off-Broadway and Broadway, respectively, 40 years ago -- the first like an ember that caught fire, the other like an explosion -- who but the most prescient or devout would have laid odds on any musical that ended with a crucifixion? But both shows have been entertaining audiences ever since. And there's no sign of either of them wearing thin. A revival of "Godspell" opened on Broadway this fall; a revival of "Superstar," born at Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival and now playing at the La Jolla Playhouse, is slated for Broadway next spring.
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September 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
American composer Stephen Schwartz, aided by Chinese rock star Cui Jian, will pen part of the score for a new musical about Hans Christian Andersen. The musical will be one of many events marking the 200th birthday of the Danish fairy-tale writer. Called "Mit Eventyr," or "My Fairy Tale" in English, the $3.5-million production will debut in Copenhagen in October 2005. The musical, written in English, will tell the story of Andersen waking up inside the fairy-tale world he created.
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November 8, 1996 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Power to the people and oy gevalt. "Godspell," the quintessential 1970s Bible musical, is back, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. It's back, and boy, is it dated. Stephen Schwartz wrote some big, open-hearted tunes to break up the Greatest Story Ever Told. Jesus comes to Earth to teach Bible parables, in this case, to nine urban dwellers (raising the question: Were three disciples let go?).
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August 10, 1989 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Some musicals fit college stages better than others. "Godspell," with its no-holds-barred attitude, is an accommodating vehicle for young, maybe raw performers looking for the chance to try things out. Stephen Schwartz's (music and lyrics) and John-Michael Tebelak's (book) retelling of the Gospel According to St. Matthew is carte blanche theater, a show where the 11th Commandment could be "Thou shalt not commit acts that are not outlandish."
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September 20, 2009 | Irene Lacher
The sky is a clear and light enamel blue, but inside the banquet hall of the El Montecito Presbyterian Church, a light drizzle falls. You can't see the actual drops, of course, because they exist in another realm -- the bountiful imagination of "Wicked" composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz is one of the American musical theater's most successful composer-lyricists, and the scene is a rehearsal for his first opera, "Séance on a Wet Afternoon," which Opera Santa Barbara will unveil Saturday at the Granada Theatre for the first of three performances.
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January 20, 2009 | Diane Haithman
It wasn't the night they raided Minsky's, just a Saturday evening at Kendall's Brasserie at the Music Center. Three legends of musical theater -- composer Charles Strouse ("Bye-Bye Birdie," "Annie"), lyricist Susan Birkenhead ("Jelly's Last Jam") and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz ("Pippin," "Godspell," "Wicked") -- were discussing their bread and butter over bread and butter. At first, the conversation was about scheduling a moment to dash in to see one another's work. Difficult from a time standpoint, but easy geographically: Rehearsals were going on at the Ahmanson Theatre for the world premiere of the new musical about the world of burlesque, "Minsky's," inspired by the 1968 film "The Night They Raided Minsky's," with music by Strouse and lyrics by Birkenhead.
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May 11, 2008 | Zachary Pincus-Roth, Special to The Times
BLYTHE MATSUI holds her arm straight out, hand flat, palm up, while rotating her body. Dressed in a white lace tank top cropped above her navel and camouflage cargo pants rolled up to reveal high-heeled leather boots, the dancer-choreographer and former Laker Girl turns to Mike Moh, an extreme martial arts specialist, and says: "Blade open."
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June 4, 2006 | Chris Pasles
"WICKED" composer Stephen Schwartz will be going from wicked to wickeder when he tackles his first opera, "Seance on a Wet Afternoon," scheduled to premiere in 2009 at Opera Santa Barbara. Based on a 1961 novel by Mark McShane that was adapted for a 1964 film starring Kim Stanley and directed by Bryan Forbes, "Seance" tells the story of a crazed psychic who concocts a kidnapping scheme to gain the celebrity she craves. "It was a wonderful movie," Schwartz said from New York last week.
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September 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
American composer Stephen Schwartz, aided by Chinese rock star Cui Jian, will pen part of the score for a new musical about Hans Christian Andersen. The musical will be one of many events marking the 200th birthday of the Danish fairy-tale writer. Called "Mit Eventyr," or "My Fairy Tale" in English, the $3.5-million production will debut in Copenhagen in October 2005. The musical, written in English, will tell the story of Andersen waking up inside the fairy-tale world he created.
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November 17, 2002 | Emran Qureshi, Emran Qureshi is co-editor of "The New Crusades: Constructing the Muslim Enemy," to be published by Columbia University Press.
Imagine if you will the delicious and absurd fantasy of the Beverly Hillbillies taking over the Vatican and proselytizing worldwide after striking crude oil. Stranger than fiction but closer to truth is the case of the House of Saud. Unlike the nouveaux riches of the television fable, the House of Saud has for many decades used its wealth to spread the most extreme and fundamentalist interpretations of Islam, intolerant toward all those who do not share its narrow sectarian Wahhabi creed.
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June 4, 2006 | Chris Pasles
"WICKED" composer Stephen Schwartz will be going from wicked to wickeder when he tackles his first opera, "Seance on a Wet Afternoon," scheduled to premiere in 2009 at Opera Santa Barbara. Based on a 1961 novel by Mark McShane that was adapted for a 1964 film starring Kim Stanley and directed by Bryan Forbes, "Seance" tells the story of a crazed psychic who concocts a kidnapping scheme to gain the celebrity she craves. "It was a wonderful movie," Schwartz said from New York last week.
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February 24, 1999 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Grammy Award-winning composers are involved in a battle over an Oscar nomination given to the song "When You Believe" from the animated DreamWorks film "The Prince of Egypt." The nomination for best original song went to Stephen Schwartz, a past Oscar winner for "Pocahontas" and a well-known composer of such Broadway musicals as "Pippin" and "Godspell."
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February 2, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz has put words and music into the mouths of some of the most famous figures to walk the Earth, in fact or legend. Among them are Moses, Jesus and a panoply of characters from the Book of Genesis--including God. Also, the Emperor Charlemagne, Pocahontas and the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quasimodo. It took Schwartz 25 years to try writing songs about his own life, intended not for the stage but for him to sing on CD and in concert.
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February 24, 1999 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Grammy Award-winning composers are involved in a battle over an Oscar nomination given to the song "When You Believe" from the animated DreamWorks film "The Prince of Egypt." The nomination for best original song went to Stephen Schwartz, a past Oscar winner for "Pocahontas" and a well-known composer of such Broadway musicals as "Pippin" and "Godspell."
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