RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Ridgefield’s Stephen Schwartz!
Stephen Lawrence Schwartz, who has owned a home in Ridgefield, turns 68 on Sunday. The musical theatre lyricist and composer was born March 6, 1948, in New York City, New York.
His first major credit was the title song for the play Butterflies Are Free; the song was eventually used in the movie version as well.
He has written hit musicals such as Godspell (1971), Pippin (1972) and Wicked (2003). He has contributed lyrics for a number of successful films, including Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), The Prince of Egypt (1998; music and lyrics) and Enchanted (2007).
In September 2011, the Northlight Theatre in Chicago premiered his new musical, Snapshots.
On March 22, 2012, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus released "Testimony", composed by Schwartz.
He has won many major awards in his field, including three Oscars, three Grammys, four Drama Desk Awards, one Golden Globe Award and the Richard Rodgers Award.
In April 2008, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
In 2009 he was elected President of the Dramatists Guild of America and as of 2014, he continues to hold the position.
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