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Ep. 22: Defying Gravity – Carol de Giere on Stephen Schwartz and ‘Pippin’

Hear what Carol de Giere, the author of DEFYING GRAVITY, Stephen Schwartz’s biography, has to say about the evolution of PIPPIN, Schwartz’s experience working with Bob Fosse which was recently dramatized in the mini-series ‘Fosse/Verdon,’ and more.

About the Guest

Carol de Giere is the author of two books that provide behind-the-scenes stories on popular musicals. The first book Defying Gravity takes readers into the world of the award-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz known for the musicals WICKED, PIPPIN and other Broadway shows and films. The second book The Godspell Experience: Inside a Transformative Musical records the history and song-by-song details for GODSPELL. Both books serve as historical records in addition to offering insights on the creative process for fans of musicals, working writers, and performers. For more information visit:

Credits

Special thanks to Leonard Lopate for allowing RDU on Stage to use an excerpt of his podcast interview with Stephen Schwartz. To hear Leonard’s complete interview with both Carol and Stephen on the Leonard Lopate at Large podcast, click here.

Special thanks also to Patrick Torres, Artistic Director of Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT) and Director of the 2019 RLT production of PIPPIN which runs through June 16th.

On the Right Track, music/lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, performed by Deanna Richards and Jesse Farmer from the Raleigh Little Theatre 2019 production directed by Patrick Torres.

Magic to Do, music/lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, performed by the cast of the Raleigh Little Theatre 2019 production.

Corner of the Sky, music/lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, performed by Jesse Farmer from the Raleigh Little Theatre 2019 production.

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