A complete guide to Stephen Schwartz musicals

Take a look back at Stephen Schwartz's musicals in the West End and beyond.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Stephen Schwartz is an American composer and lyricist, and is often considered to be one of the greatest musical theatre influences of all time. Throughout his career, Schwartz has penned music and lyrics for award-winning musicals based on original stories, bringing stage adaptations to life. Take a listen to Stephen Schwartz musicals in London here, as well as Stephen Schwartz’s musicals throughout the decade.

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Wicked (2003)

Wicked is one of the longest-running West End musicals, but did you know that music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz? Schwartz is the lyrical mastermind behind musical theatre songs including “One Short Day”, “Defying Gravity” and “Dancing Through Life”.

Wicked shares the backstory of the two witches who find themselves at a moral crossroads, but how will they choose to behave? Wicked has charmed millions of theatregoers spellbound with its rousing music and iconic characters. Be a part of the West End’s seductive spell and see Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Find out more about Wicked in London.

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Stephen Schwartz musicals in London

Stephen Schwartz's musicals have wowed West End audiences for decades. Many of Schwartz's works stunned theatregoers during the 1980s and 1990s, however The Prince of Egypt further ensured his legendary status. Here's all the Stephen Schwartz musicals.

Godspell (1971)

The music and lyrics in Godspell earned Schwartz a Tony nomination for best original score. Godspell takes inspiration from Christian myths and stories as told in the Book of Matthew, and is a tale of friendship, loyalty and courage.

Pippin (1972)

Stephen Schwartz and Bob Fosse worked on Pippin. Pippin follows a performance troupe that’s led by a mysterious character. Pippin songs include “Magic to Do” and “Corner of the Sky.” In the musical’s history, Ben Vereen and Patina Miller won Tony Awards for their portrayals of the Leading Player in the original Broadway production and the 2013 revival respectively.

Working (1978)

Stephen Schwartz wrote the book and music for Working, based on Stud Terkel’s book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. The opening Broadway run of Working was just 36 performances, and followed lives of those living and just getting by in the United States, tapping into different demographics.

Rags (1986)

Rags features music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Rags deals with the history of immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island, seeking a life of hope and opportunity in America.

Children of Eden (1991)

Religious stories as told in the Book of Genesis are adapted for the stage in Children of Eden. The first half deals with the stories of Adam and Eve, with Act Two concentrating on the story of Noah and the Flood. Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics for Children of Eden; songs in the religious musical include “The Spark of Creation,” “Let There Be,” and “Stranger to the Rain.”

The Prince of Egypt (2020)

Stephen Schwartz wrote the Grammy Award-winning song “When You Believe” for the DreamWorks Animation film The Prince of Egypt. Now you can experience The Prince of Egypt on stage at the Dominion Theatre. The Prince of Egypt is a musical of biblical proportion that sees Moses travel across his homeland to free his people, underscored by powerful music where the stunning scenes of Ancient Egypt come to life. For The Prince of Egypt musical, there are ten original songs, as well as film music including “Deliver Us” and “Through Heaven’s Eyes.” Here's everything about The Prince of Egypt in London.

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