The Magical Music of Stephen Schwartz, presented at 6 PM, will celebrate the composer-lyricist's writing for theatre and film. Westport will reveal performers for the concert shortly. Joe Calarco will direct. "We're so happy to crown our long association with Stephen Schwartz with this celebration of his distinguished and productive career," said Westport artistic director Mark Lamos in a statement. "Many people don't know that his big break was the original song he wrote for the Playhouse's 1969 production of Butterflies are Free, which was only the beginning of his historic contributions to the American stage. From Godspell to Wicked, Stephen has given literally millions of musical theater lovers so much pleasure over the years. And his shows have lit up the Playhouse stage on many occasions. He's a consummate artist and a true gentleman, and we're glad to welcome him home."
The gala evening will include cocktails, dinner, a champagne reception and silent auction. In previous seasons Westport celebrated the work of Stephen Sondheim and John Kander and Fred Ebb in star-studded gala concerts.
Schwartz, a five-time Tony nominee for the scores of Pippin, Godspell, Working, Wicked and his lyrics for Rags, 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."
For tickets, phone (203) 227-5137 ext. 122. Visit WestportPlayhouse.