Monday, January 28, 2013

Goodspeed Will Produce New Musical Filled with Tunes by Stephen Schwartz

Goodspeed Musicals will produce Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook featuring more than 20 songs by Stephen Schwartz, composer of Wicked, Pippin and Godspell.

With Book by David Stern and music and lyrics by Schwartz, the production will run this fall at the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Goodspeed’s home for new musicals.

This romantic comedy blends Schwatrz's best-loved music with some of his lesser known gems. Snapshots takes place in the attic of Sue and Dan, a couple whose 30 year marriage has begun to fall apart. Together they discover a box of photographs which leads them to relive the memories of their past selves captured in the snapshots. Featuring fresh lyrics and orchestrations, Snapshots reveals the humorous twists of how love united them and why life has pushed them apart. Songs include: "Popular" (Wicked), "Corner of the Sky" (Pippin), "Endless Delight" (Baker’s Wife), "That’s How You Know" (from the film “Enchanted”), "All Good Gifts" (Godspell), "Fathers and Sons" (Working) and many more.

This six character musical is different from any other compilation piece in that some of the lyrics are new, rewritten in order to stay true to the story and characters.

"As happens when you're writing an original musical from scratch, the story and the characters made the demands of what the material should be," Schwartz said. "This marriage of story and song lovingly addresses life’s rites of passage, creating characters each audience member can identify with."

The Norma Terris Theatre is located at 33 North Main St., Chester. Tickets will be available through the Goodspeed Box Office later this spring. For more information: 860-873-8668; www.goodspeed.org.

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