ASCAP Foundation Honors Stephen Schwartz with Richard Rodgers Award

News   ASCAP Foundation Honors Stephen Schwartz with Richard Rodgers Award Academy Award-winning Wicked and Pippin composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz was celebrated by the ASCAP Foundation Dec. 7 for his lifetime contribution to musical theatre. The songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and songwriter Joe Iconis were also among the evening's honorees.

Stephen Schwartz
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Tony Award-winning Light in the Piazza composer-lyricist Adam Guettel was on hand to present Schwartz with the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award in a special evening of song at the Allen Room.

Schwartz's work was represented with performances by Judy Kuhn ("Pocahontas," Chess, Rags), who performed "Meadowlark" from The Baker's Wife; and Scott Coulter, who sang "For Good" from Wicked.

A five-time Tony nominee for the scores of Pippin, Godspell, Working, Wicked and his lyrics for Rags, Schwartz has earned Academy Awards for "Pocahontas" and "The Prince of Egypt." He earned three Academy Award nominations for his work on "Enchanted." Schwartz also received Grammy Awards for the recordings of Wicked, Godspell and "Pocahontas." His opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon debuted at New York City Opera last spring.

The evening also honored A Christmas Story and Edges songwriters Pasek and Paul with the Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; as well as Iconis (Things to Ruin, The Black Suits), who received the Harold Adamson Lyric Award; Lance Horne ("First Things Last"), who was presented with the Jamie deRoy & friends Award; and Peter Mills (Illyria, Iron Curtain), who received the Cole Porter Award.

The songwriting team of Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman, whose musical Dani Gurl was presented at NAMT this fall, were the inaugural recipients of the Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award, which was created to recognize "a promising musical theatre lyricist or ... a composer/lyricist team."

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