Dear Evan Hansen Tony winners Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones, Tony winner Laura Benanti, Tony, Grammy, and Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, multiple Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez, double E.G.O.T.-winning songwriter Robert Lopez, and Carousel's acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming have joined the lineup for the Dramatists Guild Foundation's upcoming tribute to composer Stephen Schwartz.
To celebrate Schwartz's 70th birthday, the Foundation will toast the life and work of the award-winning Wicked composer-lyricist April 23 at the Hudson Theatre (141 W. 44th Street).
Directed by Scott Schwartz (Stephen's son) with music direction by DGF President Andrew Lippa, the evening will also feature performances by the previously reported Tony, Grammy, and Oscar-winning composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Tony winner Patina Miller, Darren Criss, Lindsay Mendez (currently on Broadway in Carousel), Alex Newell (Once On This Island), Michael McCorry Rose, Corey Cott, Casey Cott, and Matt Gould.
Proceeds from Stephen Schwartz’s 70th Birthday Concert will go to supporting the Dramatists Guild Foundation, a national charity that fuels the future of American theatre by supporting the writers who create it.
Schwartz has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His additional accolades include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and the Isabelle Stevenson special Tony Award.