A host of stage and screen stars will come together November 13 at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center to celebrate the work of Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz.
Billed as the inaugural Mazzoni Center Honors event, proceeds will benefit the Mazzoni Center, the comprehensive health and wellness center serving Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ community.
Currently scheduled to perform the work of Schwartz are Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Paula Cole, Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise (A Chorus Line, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway), Tony nominee L Morgan Lee (A Strange Loop), Telly Leung (Godspell, Aladdin), Tony nominee Terrence Mann (Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast), Lizzy McAlpine, Tony nominee Alex Newell (Shucked), Lauren Hart, and the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. Additional artists will be announced.
Schwartz will be presented with a special award in recognition of his musical and humanitarian impact.
Composer Brown says, “The sound of Broadway owes an immense debt to the groundbreaking work of Stephen Schwartz. It is my great honor to pay tribute to Stephen’s extraordinary music while supporting the vitally necessary mission of the Mazzoni Center. I can’t think of a more perfect combination of causes to fill my heart and creative soul.”
Performer Leung adds, “I've known Stephen since I was a college student…and he has always been a 'gift' to me. I'm thrilled I get to celebrate his music with this incredible line-up of artists whilst raising money and awareness for the great work being done at Mazzoni Center for the LGBTQ+ community.”
A recipient of the 2015 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, Schwartz also received Tony nominations for Best Original Score for Wicked, Rags, Working, Godspell, and Pippin as well as a Best Book of a Musical nomination for Working. He is also a three-time Oscar winner for his work on Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt.
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