by Robin Byrd
If you weren’t there, you missed a PARTY! You missed a SHOW! Other than all us playwrights, here is who was there celebrating Stephen Schwartz in song and song and words and music and song, did I say song? And not just any song but songs by Stephen Schwartz, oh and Stephen, himself, sat down at the piano and took us for a spin! Can you tell I am still excited about it? Michael Kerker was there moderating and if you have ever gone to the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshops held around the country, you know how much fun it is to have Michael and Stephen in the same room. Brent Barrett and Susan Egan performed – you have not heard a musical till you’ve heard it done right, in character, full of life, exquisitely executed. Songwriting/musical writing collaborators, Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner performed — stop playing! Them some bad boys. Their presentation should be a musical! John Boswell served as musical director/accompanist; he did not miss a beat. I just wanted to know how he knew all those songs – the repertoire was seamless. Thank you ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and Dramatists Guild for letting us all enjoy this evening extraordinaire.
Picture from ASCAP page “Honoring Stephen Schwartz at the DG Conference” http://www.ascap.com/playback/2015/07/faces-and-place/musical-theatre/stephen-schwartz-dg.aspx
Stephen Schwartz is one of the most generous, down-to-earth persons, I have met. He shares his talent on so many levels, all the time; Stephen Schwartz is a national treasure. I have learned so much about the spark of creativity and how to mine for gold from just sitting in on his talks. As a person and as an artist, he deserves every accolade and I am so happy that we can celebrate his musical genius and let him know how much we love him…