Wicked Signing with Composer Schwartz Canceled

News   Wicked Signing with Composer Schwartz Canceled The signing of vocal selections previously scheduled with Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz for July 26 has been canceled.
Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz

According to a press statement, "Due to a scheduling conflict, the signing at Colony Music this Monday, July 26 with Wicked composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz has been canceled. The event, at which Mr. Schwartz will sign copies of the piano-vocal selections from Wicked, will be rescheduled in the coming weeks."

The Wicked vocal selections, featuring music for 13 of the show's songs, were recently published by Hal Leonard. Colony Music is located in Manhattan at 1619 Broadway at 49th Street.

With music and lyrics by Schwartz, the Wicked vocal selections include the music and lyrics for these songs: "No One Mourns the Wicked," "The Wizard and I," "What Is This Feeling?," "Dancing Through Life," "Popular," "I'm Not That Girl," "One Short Day," "Defying Gravity," "I Couldn't Be Happier," "Wonderful," "As Long As You're Mine," "No Good Deed" and "For Good."

The songbook also includes a note from composer Schwartz: "Several decisions always have to be made in translating the score from a show into a book of vocal selections. In the case of Wicked, I found it trickier than usual, because many of the songs are structured to carry the story in the show, but out-of-context would be clearer and more effective to perform in a somewhat altered format. In the end, I chose to try to make the songs work for this medium, and thus to make changes in certain cases from the way they appear in the stage show and on the cast album. This entailed writing new lyrics in some instances ('No One Mourns the Wicked' and 'Defying Gravity'), providing new endings for some of the songs ('Dancing Through Life,' 'Defying Gravity,' 'Wonderful'), and eliminating interior chorus sections, intros, or other show-oriented material from several of the selections. . . "

With a score by Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and direction by Joe Mantello, Wicked features choreography by Wayne Cilento and plays the Gershwin Theatre, 222 West 51st Street. The musical co-stars Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and Jennifer Laura Thompson. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

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