PHOTO CALL: Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Julia Murney, Jennifer Laura Thompson Join the New York Pops for Stephen Schwartz Tribute
By Matthew Blank
Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Julia Murney and Jennifer Laura Thompson performed with the New York Pops April 12 in a celebration of the music of Academy Award-winning and Tony-nominated composer Stephen Schwartz.
NY Pops music director and conductor Steven Reineke led the 8 PM concert at Carnegie Hall that showcased Schwartz's prolific career from stage and screen, including "Magic To Do" from Pippin, "Colors of the Wind" from "Pocahontas," "The Spark of Creation" from Children of Eden, as well as songs from Wicked, including "The Wizard and I" and "For Good."
Murney (The Wild Party, Falling) and Tony Award nominee Thompson (Nice Work If You Can Get It) are both veterans of Wicked, having played Elphaba and Glinda, respectively. Jordan is a Tony Award nominee for Newsies and Lewis received his first Tony nomination for The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess last season.
The evening also included Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA, who were premiering "Testimony," a new work by Schwartz that is inspired by the words of the "It Gets Better Project."
A five-time Tony nominee for the scores of Pippin, Godspell, Working, Wicked and his lyrics for Rags, Schwartz 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." His opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon debuted at New York City Opera in 2011.
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