- 出版社: Applause Theatre Book Publishers (2008年9月26日)
- 平装: 512页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1557837457
- 条形码: 0884088248383, 9781557837455
- 商品尺寸: 19 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
- 商品重量: 1.06 Kg
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Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from "Godspell" to "Wicked" (英语) 平装 – 2008年9月26日
"Defying Gravity" takes readers into the creative world of Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz, from his experiences writing "Godspell's" score at age 23 through the collaborative journey for the making of the megahit musical "Wicked". For this first authorized career biography, Carol de Giere draws from 80 hours of interviews with Schwartz and over 100 interviews with his colleagues, friends, and family members. Her sympathetic yet frank narrative reveals many never-before-told stories and delves into the challenging issues of collaboration and the decisions that led to phenomenal hits as well as expensive flops.Named after the heroine's song at the exhilarating first-act climax of "Wicked", the book attests to Schwartz's determination to follow his vision despite setbacks and negative criticism. And, in a series of 'Creativity Notes,' the composer shares his insights on tapping the subconscious mind, overcoming creative blocks, writing for character detail, surviving countless rewrites, working with feedback, and other topics. The book also covers the movie songwriting that landed Schwartz three Oscar nominations for "Enchanted" and three Academy Awards for "Pocahontas" and "The Prince of Egypt".
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Although I had seen Godspell in 1972, I was not keenly aware of Mr. Schwartz until my children chose Wicked for their theatre experience when we visited London in 2010. Clearly I was not the first to be blown away by the power of that musical. I had to know more about the creative development of such a work. That lead me to "Defying Gravity." I actually read the last chapter first, then worked to the beginning by chapters. Odd, but true.
Ms. de Giere's exploration of creativity in the person of Mr. Schwartz is one of the clearest views I've found of what it takes to make something magical. She covers the inspiration, the perspiration, the tenacity, setbacks, trouncings and triumph. That has been very helpful for me and my own creative work.
I was particularly touched by the story of how Wicked was reworked after its pre-Broadway run in San Francisco. The authors--Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman--stood their ground to exercise the power to reshape the show before opening in New York in 2003. The theater is much different from cinema. One of the greatest differences is ownership. A dramatist--in this case, Schwartz and Holzman--may LICENSE a show to a producer but as authors they still own it. Wicked's creative recess between San Francisco and New York is perfect proof of that difference. There are so many stakeholders, so much talent demanding to be put to work. So many egos. So much money, so little time. For me, Chapter 28 is the most compelling in "Defying Gravity."
I found "Defying Gravity" to be engaging, uplifting, insightful, and more. I loved it on first reading and have returned several times to appreciate various parts. That's why I'm writing this 5-star review--I love this book. I hope you find this review helpful.
As a scenic designer I have had opportunities to both see original Schwartz productions, and design local versions; in addition, I stage managed a concert that he was the featured performer in, and it was there that he also offered tidbits of his life and career.
I certainly recommend this book to anyone in the song-writing business, as well as a fine document and testament to his career so far. The side bar notes running through the book are not pulled quotes, but more bits and bites.
The answer to these and many other questions lies in Carol De Giere's wonderfully captivating DEFYING GRAVITY: THE CREATIVE CAREER OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ, FROM GODSPELL TO WICKED. If you've ever wondered about Schwartz's personal life, its influence on his writing, and his creative process, this book is for you. Filled with stories, some extremely touching, many humorous, DEFYING GRAVITY offers a rather candid look at a brilliant composer...one who has experienced both triumph and failure, but one whose creative process has always been strong. You will learn some interesting details about his collaborators, his family, his friends, and his shows. Never boring, always engaging, and littered with many black-and-white photos (from Schwartz's personal file as well as from productions of his shows), DEFYING GRAVITY is a treat for anyone who's ever wondered about the creative journey of a musical theatre/film writer...or ANY creative person, for that matter.
In a way, DEFYING GRAVITY is a story anyone can relate to: De Giere dedicates her work to the creative spirit that inspires each and every one of us. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Schwartz, WICKED, musical theatre, or creating something out of nothing. Bravo, Ms. De Giere!
always enjoyed. I wanted to know more of Stephen Schwartz and having seen
wicked several times, I was interested in learning of the development of his
professional career. The book arrived at a good price, in good condition with
great packaging. I could hardly stop reading once I got started on it.
The pictures of all the productions and planning that precede the start of show
were wonderful. I was especially happy to see a few photos of his family
and to read of his interesting career. Great deal!
The last section on Wicked goes through the whole creative process of what is going to probably be the most successful musical of all time. A must for budding musical theater writers.