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Stephen Schwartz interview

Elaine chats to the Wicked, Godspell and Pippin composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz about his illustrious career and the UK premiere of his new musical The Prince of Egypt.

Elaine chats to the internationally-renowned composer & lyricist behind the smash-hit musical phenomenon Wicked - and so many others – Stephen Schwartz.

He’s the recipient of 3 Academy Awards, 4 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a special Tony Award, and, in 1976, at the age of just 28, he had three musicals running simultaneously on Broadway: Pippin, The Magic Show and Godspell.

Stephen has also written the lyrics for a number of successful films, including Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Enchanted.

And he's about to launch the UK premiere of the new musical adaptation of the 1998 animated movie The Prince of Egypt, for which he wrote all the songs.

Plus, Stephen will perform at the Elton John piano here in Wogan House - he will sing a show tune from his musical The Baker's Wife, and one from his musical Rags which is currently being revived in north London. In addition there will be the first chance to hear two songs from the new West End production of The Prince of Egypt sung by principal cast members Luke Brady and Christine Allado.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • The Original Company Of Wicked

    One Short Day

    • Wicked: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording).
    • Decca.
    • 9.
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell

    Through Heaven's Eyes

    • The Prince Of Egypt: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • DreamWorks.
    • 7.
  • Robin Lamont & The Company of Godspell

    Day By Day

    • Godspell: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Bell.
    • 3.
  • Liz Callaway


    • Sibling Revelry.
    • DRG.
    • 6.
  • Stephen Schwartz

    Chanson (Elaine Paige on Sunday)

  • John Rubenstein

    Corner Of The Sky

    • Pippin - Original Broadway Cast.
    • Motown.
    • 2.
  • Mark Seibert & Milica Jovanovic

    Träum Gross

    • Schikaneder.
    • Hit Squad.
  • Stephen Schwartz

    Edge Of A Knife (Elaine Paige on Sunday)

  • Vanessa Williams

    Colours Of The Wind

    • (CD Single).
    • Walt Disney.
  • Tony Jay & Tom Hulce

    Out There

    • Classic Disney Volume 3.
    • Walt Disney Records.
    • 4.
  • Ralph Fiennes & Amick Byram

    The Plagues

    • The Prince Of Egypt: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • DreamWorks.
    • 12.
  • Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston

    When You Believe

    • Mariah #1's - The Best Of Mariah Care.
    • Columbia.
  • Luke Brady & Stephen Schwartz

    All I Ever Wanted (Elaine Paige on Sunday)

  • Luke Brady, Christine Allado & Stephen Schwartz

    Never In A Million Years (Elaine Paige on Sunday)

  • Idina Menzel & Carole Shelley

    The Wizard And I

    • Wicked: A New Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording.
    • Decca Broadway.
    • 3.
  • Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel

    For Good

    • Wicked: Original Broadway Cast Recording.
    • Decca Broadway.
    • 18.
  • Amy Adams

    Happy Working Song

    • Enchanted: Official Soundtrack.
    • EMI Records Limited.
    • 2.
  • Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel

    Defying Gravity

    • Wicked: Original Broadway Cast Recording.
    • Decca Broadway.
    • 11.