New Edition of Stephen Schwartz Biography Is Now Available

Carol de Giere’s career biography of Stephen Schwartz DEFYING GRAVITY: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked, Revised and Updated Second Edition (Applause Books, October 2018) is available from online sellers Barnes & Noble,, and others. Copies signed by Stephen Schwartz may be purchased from the author

This new edition features a Foreword by Alan Menken and four new chapters covering Schwartz’s more recent projects like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, and Wicked after Broadway. DEFYING GRAVITY Second Edition includes additional “Creativity Notes” with comments from Schwartz about overcoming creative blocks, collaboration, and the artistic life. 512 pages with photographs and handwritten notes.

TESTIMONY released by Broadway Records

Stephen Schwartz’s TESTIMONY was inspired by the It Gets Better Project. Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA (EVUSA), led by conductor Judith Clurman, performed the world premiere of the mixed chorus version, at Carnegie Hall, in 2013. Judith’s Essential Voices USA recorded “Testimony” in the spring of 2017, with James Cunningham at the piano. Four of her students from the Manhattan School of Music MT Vocal Ensemble joined members of EVUSA on the recording. Proceeds from the sales of this recording will enable EVUSA to present anti-bullying workshops in NYC public schools.

PURCHASE: Broadway Records, Amazon, ITUNES