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
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.
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.
Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Bob Randall
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)
The Magic Show also premiered on Broadway, but it opened to mixed reviews. However, the hit song “West End Avenue” came out of the show, which even turned into a 1970s standard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Anthony Stein
Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)
Originally titled The Trip, Captain Louie’s first version actually premiered in the 1980s as a 30-minute show. But the 2005 version is double the length with many additional songs.
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.
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)
Here’s a list of additional work by Stephen Schwartz, or musicals that don’t have much information listed about them online.
1969: Butterflies are Free (play)
1971: Bernstein’s Mass➝ (English texts)
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)
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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.