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9/1/2013 2:32:00 PM
'Wicked' composer says Chicago 'best theater town'


Acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz is seen in Santa Barbara, Calif. During an interview with the Associated Press, Schwartz said he's hard at work on a full draft of his next work, the musical
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Acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz is seen in Santa Barbara, Calif. During an interview with the Associated Press, Schwartz said he's hard at work on a full draft of his next work, the musical "Houdini" that has actor "Hugh Jackman" playing the legendary illusionist. "
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CHICAGO (AP) — Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz says Chicago is the “best theater town in America.”
Schwartz was in Chicago last week at the Dramatist Guild of America's conference. He is the group's president. In an interview with The Associated Press, Schwartz says Chicago has “one great theater after another doing very, very interesting work.”
Schwartz is well-known as the composer of shows like “Wicked,” ‘'Pippin“ and ”Godspell.“ He's working on a new musical called ”Houdini" that is to star actor Hugh Jackman.
Schwartz says he hopes the show will debut in Chicago before it goes to Broadway. He says Chicago theater audiences like seeing new works and are not put off by seeing a piece “that is clearly a work in progress.”
The Chicago area has more than 200 theaters.
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.












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