Reluctant Pilgrim

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Praise for Reluctant Pilgrim…

  • “The musical-theatre composer makes a bid as a singer-songwriter in this new collection. There are several numbers – including “Crowded Island”, “Life Goes On”, and “Code of Silence” – that are so hauntingly insightful that they send a chill of recognition through you.”

    — Time Out New York – 1997
  • “Speaking of musical pleasure, musical impressario Stephen Schwartz, known for his brilliant work as composer and lyricist on such notable shows as “Godspell” and “Pippin,” as well as his work for Disney’s “Pocahontas” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” is out with his first solo work. Entitled “Reluctant Pilgrim”, the opus finds the Oscar and Grammy-winning songwriter in fine form and features 11 original songs, written, sung and played by Schwartz. Musical theatre buffs expecting to find the singer digging into his bag of show tune ditties will be surprised, as Schwartz opts for a more subdued poppier array of tunes. Still maintaining his irreverent wit, sharp life observations and snappy melodies, the singer/songwriter brings life to a rich set of cleverly written harmonious songs. One nice touch here is the inclusion of “The Hardest Part of Love” from his most recent work for the musical theatre “Children of Eden.”

    — Jeffrey L. Newman – StreetSound ClickPicks, September 10, 1997
  • “Of the darker numbers, Stephen Schwartz’s tender anthem to the death of a friend, “Life Goes On,” was a revelation of the potential power – too rarely realized – of contemporary songwriting.”

    — Don Heckman – Los Angeles Times, April 7, 1997

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Stephen Schwartz has contributed music and/or lyrics to GODSPELL, PIPPIN , THE MAGIC SHOW, THE BAKER'S WIFE, WORKING (which he also adapted and directed), PERSONALS, RAGS, CHILDREN OF EDEN and the current Broadway hit, WICKED. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein…