Snapshots, with Songs by Schwartz, to Play CA in June

News   Snapshots, with Songs by Schwartz, to Play CA in June Palo Alto's TheatreWorks will open its 39th season with the Stephen Schwartz composite musical Snapshots.

Conceived by Michael Scheman and David Stern, Snapshots will run June 18-July 13 with an official opening June 21 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Both Stern and Schwartz will be on hand during the Palo Alto run to fine-tune the musical, which has been seen in previous incarnations at the Village Theatre in Seattle, and Dayton, Ohio's Human Race Theatre.

The TheatreWorks production will feature Beth DeVries, seen in the Seattle world premiere of Snapshots, as well as Molly Bell, Brian Crum, Michael Marcotte, Courtney Stokes and Ray Wills. Tony nominee Steve Orich serves as arranger and musical director.

TheatreWorks artistic director Robert Kelley stages the newly revised work that incorporates existing songs from the Schwartz catalogue, including "Popular" from Wicked, "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin, "Meadowlark" from The Baker's Wife and "All Good Gifts" from Godspell.

The production also features "Making Good," a song cut from Wicked as well as new lyrics to "If We Never Meet Again" (from Rags) and "Endless Delights" (cut since the original premiere of The Baker's Wife). All of the songs have been rearranged for the production, and Schwartz penned the new title song "Snapshots."

Featuring a book by David Stern, Snapshots tells of Sue and Dan, married for 30 years. When Sue decides to leave her husband, she discovers a box of photographs chronicling their life together. The musical follows the pair as their younger selves emerge to reenact moments captured in the photos.

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts is located at 500 Castro Street (at Mercy) in Mountain View, CA. For tickets phone (650) 903-6000 or visit theatreworks.org.

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