The Malta Independent 17 July 2024, Wednesday
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‘Wicked’ composer Stephen Schwartz to perform his Broadway hits in Malta

Sunday, 16 June 2024, 09:05 Last update: about 2 months ago

 As global hype builds for the movie adaptation of Wicked, the composer behind the acclaimed musical will be making a special appearance live in Malta for a breathtaking concert showcasing his greatest hits.

Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz will perform at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on 29 September in a first-of-its-kind show for the island entitled Stephen Schwartz: Defying Gravity - Live in Concert. He will be accompanied by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and a host of major national and international guests to be announced in the coming weeks.

The American Broadway star is also the writer of global hits including When You Believe, performed by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston for the animated movie The Prince of Egypt, a Schwartz and Hans Zimmer collaboration. Schwartz's other film collaborations include many works with Alan Menken including Colors of The Wind from Pocahontas, Out There from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as well as the popular live action/animation musical cross-overs Enchanted and Disenchanted from Walt Disney Pictures. 

Schwartz is most renowned for the hit musical phenomenon, Wicked. This musical ranks as one of the best-selling shows in all of Broadway history, second only to The Lion King on a global scale.

In November, the movie adaptation of Wicked will hit screens worldwide with an A-list cast, starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo.

Schwartz has written over 14 musicals and is the only songwriter in Broadway history ever to have three shows run more than 1,900 performances with Wicked hitting that record back in 2008.

His theatre works include Godspell, Pippin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Baker's Wife, Children of Eden and The Prince of Egypt with themes often centred on magic, family and perseverance.

Stephen Schwartz: Defying Gravity - Live in Concert, promises a truly unique symphonic celebration of the most recognisable popular musical theatre songs of our era. Audiences will be treated to an intimate journey through his timeless soul-stirring musical hits along with introspective stories of how these heart-warming power ballads came to fruition.

Limited tickets will be available at

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