Grammy, Academy and TONY Award Winners at UWP Oct. 18

October 15, 2002

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The next event in the UW-Platteville, Center for the Arts Performing Arts Series will be An Evening with Stephen Schwartz and Friends on Friday, Oct. 18th at 8pm. Stephen Schwartz is a Grammy & Academy Award winning songwriter and lyricist who has made a substantial impact in the world of Broadway and film with his compositions.

His Broadway credits include Pippin, Working, Rags, Godspell, The Magic Show, Children of Eden and The Bakers Wife. Film scores include The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Pocahontas (Disney) and The Prince of Egypt (Dreamworks.), among others.

Joining Mr. Schwartz in this performance include Broadway actress Debbie Gravitte, as well as cabaret singing sensation Scott Coulter. Debbie Gravitte has been called "One of the best voices on Broadway" by the Associated Press. In 1989, Debbie won the Tony Award for her critically acclaimed performance in Jerome Robbins' Broadway and has also appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables.

Schwartz and friends will be performing selections from his vast repertoire of Disney favorites such as "Just Around the River Bend" and "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas along with numbers from his Broadway compositions as well as selections from his new musical, Wicked which is scheduled to open in New York in Spring 2003.

On the same evening of this performance, a pre-show conversation will be held with Debbie Gravitte. This event will take place at 7pm in the Center for the Arts and is free and open to the public. Debbie will be talking about her life on the stage and answering questions.

Barely out of college, Schwartz was an instant success during the early 1970s with "Godspell" (1971) and "Pippin" (1972). These first two musicals were long-running hits in New York.

Schwartz was also the first American composer to have three successful musicals running simultaneously on Broadway.

Reserved seats for this performance are $24 for general public, $22 for UWP Faculty Staff and Senior Citizens, $10 for UWP Students and $16 for children under 18.

The next event in the performing arts series season will be on Nov. 15, when the University will host The Russian State Chorus, a 40 member mixed chorus founded in 1945 in Russia that has been recognized as one of the world's leading choral ensembles. The choir is best known for its performances of the classical Russian repertoire and its many notable world premieres by Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

Tickets for Stephen Schwartz and Friends and all other Performing Arts Series events are available through the University Box Office in the Center for the Arts. The University Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached by calling 608-342-1298. The University Box Office is located in the lobby of the Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville at 700 West Main Street. More information on the Performing Arts Series can be found at http://www.uwplatt.edu/arts/cfa.

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