On the Right Track
In The Stephen Schwartz Project, conceiver/director/choreographer Michael Bobbitt reinvents some of the celebrated composer's most popular tunes.
Bobbitt is not doing this behind the composer's back. Schwartz has attended previous workshops of the piece, and given notes that were then dutifully incorporated into the finished product. "He's been extremely supportive," says Bobbitt. "We've been friends for years, and it's been great to get to know Stephen a little bit more through working on the show."
While the majority of the tunes incorporated into the production are recognizable hits from Schwartz's extensive musical theater oeuvre, Bobbitt and arranger John L. Cornelius III have also included some lesser-known songs, such as "Cold Enough to Snow," a collaboration with Alan Menken from the film Life With Mikey, and "Crowded Island" from one of Schwartz's songbooks. As far as the choreography goes, Bobbitt promises everything from waltz, to tango, to funk, to tap. "Stephen's songs have an accessible groove to them," he states. "And John also loves working with grooves. We've got nine talented young performers, and I'm working everything they know into the show -- and everything I know!"