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Snapshots Released for Licensing!


Stephen Schwartz Musical Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook Released for Licensing

Songs from Pippin, Godspell, The Baker’s Wife, and Enchanted, as well as the precursor to Wicked’s “The Wizard and I,” are featured in the score.

Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz Jospeh Marzullo/WENN

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook, an original book musical that re-contextualizes songs by Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz to tell the story of a married couple on the verge of divorce, has been released for amateur and professional licensing by Music Theatre International.

Part revue, part traditional book musical, Snapshots was conceived by Michael Scheman and David Stern, who approached Schwartz in the mid-1990s about using his music to tell an original story. Schwartz joined in the development process, rewriting lyrics to several of his songs for the production.

“I entered into an exercise that proved to be both challenging and a lot of fun, especially to a ‘puzzle mind’ like mine: taking existing songs, retaining their titles and the music and for the most part their original structure, but starting from scratch with the lyrics,” Schwartz said in a statement. “Now, literally decades later, we have arrived at Snapshots. To my knowledge, it is a unique form. Is it a book musical? Kind of. Is it a revue? Well, that too. There’s no genre it fits into neatly, so we call it a ‘musical scrapbook’.”

The musical incorporates over two dozen of the Academy Award winner’s songs, culling from Pippin, Godspell, The Baker’s Wife, Rags, The Magic Show, Personals, Working, Children of EdenCaptain Louie, Enchanted, and Wicked—including “Making Good,” which was cut from workshops for the Broadway smash Wicked and later replaced with “The Wizard and I.” Songs written in collaboration with David Crane, Seth Friedman, Marta Kaufman, Alan Menken, and Charles Strouse are also included. Original orchestrations are by Steve Orich.

Snapshots follows Sue and Dan, a suburban couple on the verge of divorce after 30 years of marriage. A hidden suitcase in their attic containing photographs of their life together reconnects them with their past as younger versions of themselves appear and play out “snapshots” from their relationship.

Drew Cohen, President and CEO of MTI, states, “We are thrilled that some of the finest songs from the Stephen Schwartz songbook have been woven together brilliantly by David Stern and Stephen Schwartz to create a fresh, new musical that conveys the emotion, brilliance and joy of each Stephen’s songs while delivering a completely new and exciting experience to the audience. Whether audience members know the songs be heart or are new to Stephen’s work, the response to Snapshots has been the same: pure delight.”

Visit mtishows.com for licensing information.

Snapshots Coming to MTI!

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook is coming to Music Theatre International for licensing!  Want your local theater to mount a production? Just send them to MTI and make it happen!


Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook | Music Theatre International 

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook
The catalogue of Stephen Schwartz is re-imagined in an all-new, moving musical.

An original new musical featuring the beloved songs of Tony and Academy Award-Winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell), Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook is a touching and authentic look into how we fall in love and the poignant power of trusting our hearts and memories.

Sue has her bags packed, her farewell note written and the resolution to leave her husband, Dan, after decades of their lives entwined. Finding herself in their dusty, suburban attic for a final goodbye to the life they led, Sue is startled when Dan arrives home early from his all-consuming job. Surrounded by a lifetime of memories and phantoms of their former selves, Sue and Dan embark on a cerebral journey to the past, rediscovering their true love that remained hidden in a lifetime of Snapshots.

With a small cast, minimal set and a score of Stephen Schwartz’s most beloved songs re-imagined, Snapshots is ideal for regional and community theatres with a smaller theatre space or black box venues.

Snapshots Gets a Rave in Phoenix!

“Snapshots” – Arizona Theatre Company

This review aired on KBAQ January 4, 2016


Arizona Theatre Company, Center Stage, Herberger Theater Center
Phoenix, AZ

Several musical revues pay tribute to various composers and Broadway musical theater teams.  Recent examples include “Jersey Boys” take on Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, “Beautiful,” the Carole King tribute, “Mamma Mia’s” ABBA accolade, and Leiber and Stoller’s “Smokey Joe’s Café.”  In “Snapshots,” Arizona Theatre Company’s superb premiere show homage is given Stephen Schwartz, composer of Broadway smash hits like “Wicked,” “Godspell,” and “Pippin” among his 12 shows represented in “Snapshots.”

But co-conceivers Michael Scheman and David Stern developed a different approach that distinguishes “Snapshots” and makes it smashing.  They’ve created a touching story about a long-time married couple who deal with their changing relationship and its impact on the marriage.  We see the pair as young teens who fall in love, as an older married couple, and today as they confront many evils.  The creators weave 25 Schwartz tunes throughout the narrative to explore in greater depth the myriad of emotions that have occurred.  Although I will not spoil the ending, know that the issues tackled are realistic and relevant to most married couples.  Each situation is enhanced by Schwartz’s perspective tunes.

Unlike many musical revues, about 75 percent of the song lyrics have been changed to fit the story that is set in Sue and Dan’s attic where many things from their marriage have accumulated.  While in the attic, many things that weren’t said earlier get dissected.

Arizona Theatre Company’s masterful production is staged eloquently by Daniel Goldstein in the cleverly designed attic that permits projections of thoughts and pictures from throughout the marriage.  A band plays the Schwartz songs with sublime brilliance that is enhanced by Abe Jacob’s sound that blends the orchestra and the on stage ensemble so not a lyric is missed.

A marvelous cast handles the couple at the three stages of their marriage and they essay additional characters that cause other marital stresses.  As the contemporary couple, Beth DeVries soulful Sue and Hugh Hastings introspective Dan bring out the pair’s inner thoughts.  Tracy McDowell’s Susan and Jim DeSelm’s Daniel, the middle duo, have several experiences foreshadowing the couple’s later problems.  Mallory King as the flirtatious but thoughtful Susie and Ben Wynant as the effervescent but clueless Danny are a dynamo of youthful energy.

“Snapshots” HAS ITS intimacy make it a better off-Broadway presentation where it can tell its heartwarming story better than in a larger Broadway theater.  “Snapshots” plays through January 17 and earns five stars out of five.  For tickets, call the Arizona Theatre Company box office at 602-256-6995 or order online at www.arizonatheatre.org.

Grade: A

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