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Stephen Schwartz at the Mirvish in Toronto, Canada: May 7th, 2017


Join Stephen Schwartz for an evening of music and Broadway memories on Sunday, May 7 in Toronto, Canada. Featuring an on-stage interview and special guest performances by some of Canada’s top musical theatre talent.


4 new albums released in 2016!

Read about 4 albums released in 2016 that included Stephen Schwartz songs or lyrics: Schikaneder, Season of Light, Magic to Do, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame stage adaptation studio recording.

Good News! WICKED Movie coming 2019

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Schwartz contributes to new book on Godspell


Stephen Schwartz wrote the Foreword for a new book on the 1971 musical that launched his career. The Godspell Experience: Inside a Transformative Musical is the first book-length account of the show’s developmental history. The 384-page book also reveals Schwartz’s approach to each song, and includes complete lyrics.

Carol de Giere previously wrote the Stephen Schwartz biography, Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, 2008). For the new book, she interviewed Godspell’s original cast members, movie cast members, and other Godspell actors, as well as Mr. Schwartz. Their statements are woven into the history and included in an evaluation of the musical’s themes.

Schwartz comments in his Foreword, “… it has been fascinating to me to read Carol de Giere’s thoroughly researched and colorfully written book, which contains many details about the development of the show that I never knew before.”

For information visit

PHOTO: Original cast member Robin Lamont, author Carol de Giere, and Stephen Schwartz.



After performances of “Testimony” by various choruses, including the recent concert by the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus, we have received requests from fans who would like to be able to read the lyrics. Please follow this link for a PDF file of the lyrics. They are also posted below.

For more information and a link to the Testimony Video, please follow this link.

For sheet music, follow this link.


By Stephen Schwartz

Texts inspired by the “It Gets Better” projectI don’t want to be like this
I don’t want to be who I am
Every day that I don’t change
I blame myself
I am not trying hard enough
(I don’t want to be like this)
I am not trying hard enough
(I don’t want to be how I am)

When they find out
No one will love me
I’ll lose my family
And all of my friends
(I’m trapped like a fish with a hook in its mouth)

I am impersonating the person I show as me
I’m an imposter
I am a spy behind enemy lines
I pack my feelings so deep inside me
They turn to concrete
(I don’t want to be like this
I don’t want to be who I, how I, what I am)

Every night I ask God to end my life
(I am an abomination)

God take this away or take me away …

I don’t want to be like this …
I don’t want to be who I am, I don’t want to be how I am, I don’t want to be what I am
I don’t want to be anymore …
Today I’m going to hang myself
Today I’m going to slit my wrists
Today I’m going to jump off my building …
Take me away, take me away, take me away …

Hang in, hang on
Wait just a little longer
Hang in, hang on
I know it now, I know it now
If I had made myself not exist
There is so much that I would have missed …

I would have missed
So many travels and adventures
More wonders than I knew could be
So many friends
With jokes and laughter, not to mention
The joy of living in authenticity
Sometimes I cry
Life can still be hard
But there’s no part of me
Still crying: “Hide me”
I would have missed
The chance to sing out like this
With people I love beside me

I have been brave
I grew, and so did those around me
And now look what a life I’ve earned
It gets more than better
It gets amazing and astounding
If I could reach my past, I’d tell him what I’ve learned:
I was more loved
Than I dared to know
There were open arms
I could not see
And when I die
And when it’s my time to go
I want to come back as me
I want to come back as me.


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“Someone Wrote That Song” – Please share!

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The Stephen Schwartz Forum Archives!

Special thanks to Carol de Giere, webmaster of fan site, for her terrific work creating the STEPHEN SCHWARTZ FORUM ARCHIVES, a collection of questions and answers from previous incarnations of the Stephen Schwartz Forum  from 1998 to present, organized by subject.

Here’s a sampling of one of the Question and Answers sessions she found in the archive:

Do you think management of creativity is possible?

Answer from Stephen Schwartz:
Absolutely. I think the job of a professional writer is to learn how to harness his or her creativity in service of deadlines, specific problems to be solved, and deliberate goals. Each individual has to develop his or her own process to be able to be creative on demand.

Enjoy your time looking through the STEPHEN SCHWARTZ FORUM ARCHIVES!