On December 18, Tony recipient and Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz will play an intimate concert at SubCulture in downtown Manhattan as part of Jason Robert Brown’s ongoing residency.
Brown made the announcement during his November engagement featuring guest artist Todrick Hall.
After selling out the show in only 24 hours, the duo decided to add a second 10PM show that same night. Doors will open at 9:30PM, following the 8PM show.
As part of his artistic residency, Brown invites a guest performer to join him in singing music from his repertoire, music from their repertoire, and more, in an evening of musical exploration. Past guest stars have included Tony winner Kelli O’Hara, Tony nominee Joshua Henry, Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, Tony nominee Christopher Jackson, Drama Desk winner Andréa Burns, Shoshana Bean, Steven Pasquale, Lindsay Mendez, Grace McLean, and more. Brown has collaborated with only one other Award-winning composer during this three-year tenure at SubCulture: Next to Normal’s Tom Kitt. The two presented a concert in a style of dualing (yet collaborating) pianos for a concert unlike those in his usual lineup. In that vain, Schwartz will take the stage next.
“I saw a production of Pippin when I was 11 years old, and it was the first time I’d heard theatre music that sounded like something I wanted to sing, I wanted to play, and I wanted to hear on the radio,” Brown tells Playbill. “I’ve spent the 36 since then listening with amazement and delight as Stephen Schwartz has added one glorious score after another to the repertoire. Sharing the stage and making music with one of my idols is beyond anything I could ever have expected, and Stephen’s willingness to rock out with us at SubCulture is yet another testament to his generosity, creativity, and exquisite musicianship.”
Best known in the Broadway world as the Tony-nominated composer of Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, Rags, and Working—for each of which he earned a Tony nomination—Schwartz boasts three Academy Awards to his name. He first won Best Original Song and Best Music in 1996 for Disney’s Pocahontas. He earned nominations for Best Music for The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Prince of Egypt, the latter for which he won Best Original Song for “When You Believe.” His most recent Oscar nominations came for his work on Disney’s Enchanted.
For tickets and information, visit SubCultureNewYork.com.