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Defying Gravity

The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz from Godspell to Wicked

This updated second edition offers an unprecedented look at the life, times, and making of American musical icon Stephen Schwartz. Author Carol de Giere takes readers behind the scenes, from Schwartz’s writing of Godspell’s score at age 23 through the making of the megahit Wicked, which will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its Broadway debut this October. READ MORE ABOUT DEFYING GRAVITY →

Stephen Schwartz and Carol de Giere discuss second edition of Defying Gravity Stephen Schwartz biography

Stephen Schwartz and Carol de Giere reviewing chapters.

Stephen Schwartz Biography book cover Defying Gravity Second Edition

“In Defying Gravity, Carol de Giere pulls back the curtain and gives us a fascinating glimpse into the creative process of one of musical theater’s greatest wizards. Enjoy!”

Stephen Flaherty, Tony Award-winning composer

Anastasia, Ragtime, Once on This Island

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The Godspell Experience

Inside a Transformative Musical

Whether you have warm memories of Godspell or are putting on the show, you’ll enjoy the insights provided here by original cast members and Stephen Schwartz! READ MORE ABOUT THE GODSPELL EXPERIENCE

Hello from Carol de Giere and welcome to my new website!

(“de Giere” is pronounced with a soft G and rhymes with Pierre)

Meet Carol

Carol de Giere is the author of two books that provide behind-the-scenes stories on popular musicals.