Defying Gravity

Giere, Carol De

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2008. Paperback. Takes readers into the creative world of Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz, from his experiences writing "Godspell's" score at age 23 through the collaborative journey for the making of the megahit musical "Wicked". This biography delves into the challenging issues of collaboration and the decisions that led to hits as well as flops. Num Pages: 512 pages, approximately 60 b&w photos throughout. BIC Classification: AVGM; AVH. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 228 x 190 x 33. Weight in Grams: 1092. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: "Defying Gravity" takes readers into the creative world of Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz, from his experiences writing "Godspell's" score at age 23 through the collaborative journey for the making of the megahit musical "Wicked". For this first authorized career biography, Carol de Giere draws from 80 hours of interviews with Schwartz and over 100 interviews with his colleagues, friends, and family members. Her sympathetic yet frank narrative reveals many never-before-told stories and delves into the challenging issues of collaboration and the decisions that led to phenomenal hits as well as expensive flops.Named after the heroine's song at the exhilarating first-act climax of "Wicked", the book attests to Schwartz's determination to follow his vision despite setbacks and negative criticism. And, in a series of 'Creativity Notes,' the composer shares his insights on tapping the subconscious mind, overcoming creative blocks, writing for character detail, surviving countless rewrites, working with feedback, and other topics. The book also covers the movie songwriting that landed Schwartz three Oscar nominations for "Enchanted" and three Academy Awards for "Pocahontas" and "The Prince of Egypt".

Review: Pulls back the curtain and gives us a fascinating glimpse into the creative process -- 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

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 loving, in-depth look at the career and process of one of our most important musical theater writers ?Lynn Ahrens, Tony-award winning lyricist of Ragtime

A must-have for any of the composer's many fans - - Theatermania.com

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