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Stephen Schwartz Musicals – A Full List of Shows

Stephen Schwartz is an American composer and lyricist who is especially known for hit shows like Wicked and Godspell. He has won 3 Grammy Awards, 3 Academy Awards, 6 Tony nominations, and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics. Schwartz has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

A full list of his stage shows are listed below, sorted chronologically. You’ll also find his additional work at the bottom of the page.


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Musicals by Stephen Schwartz

Godspell

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: John-Michael Tebelak

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Godspell premiered Off-Broadway in 1971 and became a long-running commercial success. The show spawned numerous international productions and earned Schwartz a Tony nomination for Best Original Score.


Pippin

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Roger O. Hirson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)

Pippin had its premiere on Broadway and earned Stephen Schwartz another Tony nomination for Best Original Score. The show became a huge success, and it had constant revivals across the US.


The Baker’s Wife

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Joseph Stein

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

The Baker’s Wife was the first of Stephen Schwartz’s shows to premiere in London’s West End. It ended up receiving mixed reviews after its short run.


Working

Songs: Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, James Taylor  Songs/Adaptation: Stephen Schwartz  Adaptation: Nina Faso

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)

Working is a unique musical due to the collaboration between many writers. Stephen Schwartz contributed four songs to the show and helped revise it later on.


Rags

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Joseph Stein, David Thompson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Unfortunately, Rags was a legendary Broadway flop, closing after just 4 shows and 18 previews. But the show was revised later on, which led to a handful of revivals.


Children of Eden

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: John Caird

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1991)

Children of Eden is unique in that it wasn’t a huge commercial success. However, it did become popular with many community and regional theaters, making it a success in a different way.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: James Lapine, Peter Parnell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1999)

Opening in Germany as Der Glöckner von Notre Dame, this was Disney’s first musical premiere outside of the US. After three years, it also became one of Berlin’s longest running musicals.


Wicked

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Winnie Holzman

Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)

Wicked is undeniably one of Stephen Schwartz’s most epic successes. The musical went on numerous tours and won many prestigious awards, including a Drama Desk for Outstanding Musical.


Snapshots

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Concept: Michael Scheman, David Stern

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Snapshots is a revue/book musical hybrid showcasing the music of Stephen Schwartz. Due to its small cast and familiar songs, it’s now getting noticed and produced by regional theaters.


Captain Louie

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Anthony Stein

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Originally titled The Trip, the first version of Captain Louie actually premiered in the 1980s as a 30-minute show. But the 2005 version is double the length with many additional songs.


The Prince of Egypt

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Philip LaZebnik

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

Based on the 1998 animated film, The Prince of Egypt premiered in Silicon Valley in 2017. A revised version later opened for a limited 2020 engagement in the West End.


Film

1995: Pocahontas➝  (lyrics)

1996: The Hunchback of Notre Dame➝  (lyrics)

1998: The Prince of Egypt➝  (music/lyrics)

2000: Geppetto➝  (music/lyrics)

2007: Enchanted➝  (lyrics)

2022: Disenchanted  (lyrics)


Additional Work

Here’s a list of additional works by Stephen Schwartz, including musicals with limited information or unavailable cast albums online.


1969: Butterflies are Free (play)

1971: Bernstein’s Mass➝  (English texts)

1974: The Magic Show (musical)

1985: Personals  (musical revue)

2005: My Fairy Tale  (musical)

2006: Disney’s My Son Pinocchio  (musical for young audiences)

2009: Séance on a Wet Afternoon  (opera)

2016: Magic to Do➝  (exclusive revue for Princess Cruises)

2016: Schikaneder➝  (musical in German)


Books

Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz➝

The Godspell Experience: Inside a Transformative Musical➝

Perfect Peach: A Story by Stephen Schwartz➝


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Which of these Stephen Schwartz musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of these musicals by Stephen Schwartz? Feel free to share in the comments below! And if you like these types of lists, check out the musical database. That’s where you’ll find musicals sorted by composer, theme, setting, and more!


Stacy Karyn, Author of Stephen Schwartz Musicals.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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