Stephen Schwartz benefit concert raises $164,000 for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The composer of Broadway’s most successful musicals – including Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Schwartz showed audiences how he makes magic and defies gravity as he performed songs from his canon of award-winning hits. Backed by a ten-piece orchestra and accompanied by Tony Award® winner Debbie Gravitte, Broadway performer Michael McCorry Rose and vocalist Scott Coulter, Schwartz brought down the house with beloved songs such as “For Good,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Colors of the Wind” and more.
“We were honored to continue the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s benefit concert series with a spectacular performance by renowned composer Stephen Schwartz and friends. This was our most successful benefit concert to date,” said Pamela Dyar, director of development for the Theatre. “We are so grateful for the generous support from our patrons, and all of the proceeds will go to support the vital programs here at our not-for-profit Theatre and our Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts.”
In addition to writing the music and lyrics for the current Broadway hit Wicked, Schwartz is also known for contributing music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags and Children of Eden. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein’s Mass and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies are Free. For children, he has written songs for two musicals (Captain Louie and My Son Pinocchio) and has also worked in film, collaborating with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted, as well as the animated features Pocohontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (as well as writing the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt). Schwartz’ first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, was produced at Opera Santa Barbara and New York City Opera. His career is detailed in the popular book “Defying Gravity,” released by Applause Books.
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre emerged on the theatrical scene in 2004, offering award-winning productions among some of the best in the country. The largest regional theatre in Florida, the Theatre draws nearly 100,000 theatre-goers per year and serves more than 600 students annually through its Conservatory. Financial contributions to the Conservatory enable more than 25 percent of its students to receive scholarships.
More than 70 supporters attended an elegant pre-concert sit-down dinner onsite at the Theatre in the Theatre’s upstairs club level, The Green Room Club Level Lounge, and after the performance, Schwartz joined the guests for dessert, coffee and cordials. The dinner was sponsored by Roe Green and the Roe Green Foundation. Earlier in the day, Schwartz led an exclusive master class for 62 students in the Theatre’s Conservatory and six students were invited to perform for Stephen during the class. The Master Class was sponsored by The Albert E. & Birdie W. Einstein Fund, Inc.
The performance marked the fourth concert in the Theatre’s annual Tony Award® winner benefit series, following previous popular benefit performances by Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera and Christine Ebersole. Plans are already underway for next year’s concert.
Sponsors for He’s Got Magic to Do: The Music of Stephen Schwartz included The Samuel J. & Connie M. Frankino Charitable Foundation, Roe Green and The Roe Green Foundation, and The Albert E. & Birdie W. Einstein Fund, Inc. along with corporate sponsors III Forks, Jupiter Beach Resort, Kretzer Piano and Palm Beach Illustrated. Premier sponsors for the evening included Louise Austin, Ellen Tschappat and Roger Berk, Phil and Deborah Clark and The Clark Family Foundation, Wallace A. Graham, and Jana & Kenneth Kahn.
About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of nearly 7,732 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.
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