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Music of Stephen Schwartz starts ACTU Season

StephenSchwartz Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) presents the music of Stephen Schwartz on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Thomasville Center for the Arts at 600 E. Washington St.

This will be the opening concert of the Sundays at Four series. The program will feature performers Lisa Mitchell, Jake Armstrong, Neal Ford, Cara Mason, Karl Barton and Rebecca Fadell with pianist Jim Amend.

Songwriter Stephen Schwartz started his career by writing music and new lyrics for “Godspell.” Next he wrote music and lyrics for “Pippin” and “The Magic Show.”When “Godspell” moved from off-Broadway to Broadway in 1976, Schwartz then had three successful shows running on Broadway at the same time.

His songs on the cast albums for “The Baker's Wife” helped keep the show in motion ever since it failed to reach Broadway in 1976. “Children of Eden”is his second most popular show for regional theatres. He co-adapted “Working”and wrote lyrics for Rags”before transferring some of his creative energy to Hollywood.

Schwartz then wrote lyrics for the film scores forPocahontas,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” songs for “The Prince of Egypt.” He won two Oscars for his work on “Pocahontas” (including Best Song “Colors of the Wind” and his contribution of lyrics to the score) and one for “The Prince of Egypt”song “When You Believe.”

Schwartz’s musical “Wicked” is a hit on Broadway, on tour, and internationally. While working on “Wicked,” he wrote what he believes is one of his best songs, “For Good,” a piece that is now often used for graduations, memorial services, and friendship-related events.

Schwartz’s credits include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and four Drama Desk Awards. He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Theatre Hall of Fame.

“The music and lyrics of Stephen Schwartz elicit a myriad of emotional responses: laughing, crying, remembering, hoping, and dreaming,” said Lisa Mitchell, TU Assistant Professor, creator of this concert setting and one of the performers. “I invite everyone to enjoy a Sunday afternoon being inspired and entertained by this musical event.”

The program is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 per person. A reception will follow the performance. For additional information, visit www.thomasu.edu/actu, call 229-226-6964 or email actu@thomasu.edu.

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