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Archive for Stephen Schwartz

THE BAKER’S WIFE at the Actors’ Coop

Photo by Lindsay Schnebly

Photo by Lindsay Schnebly

Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

Featuring an appealing score by Stephen Schwartz (WickedPippin) and a charming though rather thin book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the RoofZorba), based on a 1931 French film, this 1976 musical remains more a cult favorite than a classic.   Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Among the most gratifying of musicals being presented in the region has been here before, in appreciably different form: Stephen Schwartz (songs) and Joseph Stein’s (book) The Baker’s Wife, based on the hit 1938 film by Marcel Pagnol from a novelette by Jean Giono and starring the immortal Raimu.  Read more…

Now running through October 25.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at the La Jolla Playhouse

Photo by Kevin Berne

Photo by Kevin Berne

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

When Disney Theatricals launched an epic musical version of the 1996 animated film in Berlin in 1999, The Hunchback of Notre Dame was the first Disney production to open outside the United States. With additional songs by the original writers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz and a book and direction by the acclaimed James Lapine, the show broke box-office records and ran for three years. Now the producers have mounted the first U.S. production at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse but with a new book by Peter Parnell and direction by Scott Schwartz. Read more…


Godspell Jr., Eclectic Company Theatre

Photo by Sherry Lynn.


Godspell Jr. by John Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz.


Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

There’s nothing quite like the pure spirit and shining, happy faces of talented young teens and kids. Provided with a suitable vehicle, namely Godspell, Jr., the vibrant energy of this mostly female, mostly eight-grader cast of eight kids provides a great night of musical entertainment.  Fittingly, the classic Broadway hit musical from the seventies, Godspell, has been refashioned for young audiences and young performers. Godspell, Jr. is a fun and sweet production now running on weekends at the Eclectic Company Theatre in NoHo until Nov. 18.  Read more…