Schwartz began his Broadway career in 1969 with the title song for the play Butterflies Are Free. Since then, he has become known for his music and lyrics for such shows as Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, Mass, The Baker's Wife, Working and Wicked. But he has also worked on many projects of educational, charitable and social value to the theatre community, notably his involvement with the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, which cultivates new Broadway songwriters.
The Isabelle Stevenson Award, according to the Tony Awards, is presented "annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations."
Schwartz will be presented the Award for his commitment to serving artists and fostering new talent through his work with ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, ASCAP Foundation and helping develop new partnerships as President of the Dramatists Guild.
“Stephen’s successes span far beyond the Broadway stage through his commitment to fostering the next generation of musical theatre actors, lyricists and composers. We are thrilled to celebrate his countless triumphs with this honor,” Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing, said.
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