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.”

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

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