Idina Menzel is going to be singing songs like The Wizard and I and Defying Gravity once more.
The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California is putting on An Evening of Wicked Fun Honoring Stephen Schwartz in May.
Menzel will be joined by Megan Hilty, Andrea Martin, Liz Callaway, Angel Blue, and many others in paying tribute to the famed lyricist and composer throughout the evening.
‘With a career spanning more than four decades, Mr. Schwartz has entertained and inspired generations of musical theater lovers with his immeasurable talent,’ said John Bendheim and Cathy Louchheim, Event Co-Chairs. ‘His contributions to stage, film and television have become the bedrock of the contemporary American musical landscape and we are honored to tip our hats to him on this very special evening.’
Proceeds from the night of entertainment will go towards The Wallis’ artist and education-based programs.
Rachel Fine, The Wallis’ Executive Director and CEO, said: ‘In alignment with Stephen’s on-going commitment and devotion to aspiring songwriters, this special evening will provide significant funds for The Wallis to continue its work of producing and presenting works of new artists, as well as bringing the arts to thousands of students and young adults across the Los Angeles community – many of whom will experience music, theater or dance for the very first time.’
Honoring a musical legend
Years after Rent, Menzel starred in one of Schwartz’s most popular and beloved musicals, Wicked.
Menzel played Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, opposite Kristen Chenoweth as Glinda the Good Witch. To this day, the musicals remains one of their most well-known roles.
Last year, Wicked became the sixth-longest running show on Broadway. It is also the second-highest grossing Broadway musical, after it surpassed The Phantom of the Opera in 2017. It trails behind only Disney’s The Lion King.
Hollywood is currently developing an adaptation of the musical for the big screen.
Schwartz’s other musicals include Godspell, Pippin, Rags, and Children of Eden. He also has experience in writing the music for animated movies, such as DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt and Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, both of which became stage musicals.
He also penned the lyrics for other Disney movies, such as Pocahontas, Enchanted, and upcoming Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted.
The night honoring Schwartz, with performances by Menzel, will take place on 16 May.