August 21, 2007

Steve Orich To Orchestrate ‘Snapshots’

August 21st, 2007 reports that Jersey Boys‘ Orchestrator Steve Orich is orchestrating the latest Stephen Schwartz musical, Snapshots. Schwartz’s new musical will open at Dayton, Ohio’s Human Race Theatre on September 20.

Featuring a book by David Stern, Snapshots tells of Sue and Dan, married for 30 years. When Sue decides to leave her husband, she discovers a box of photographs chronicling their life together. The musical follows the pair as their younger selves emerge to reenact moments captured in the photos. Snapshots isn’t the typical composer revue show. Described as a play with music, Snapshots incorporates existing songs from the Schwartz catalog, including “Popular” from Wicked, “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin, “Meadowlark” from The Baker’s Wife and “All Good Gifts” from Godspell. In addition, the production will feature “Making Good”, a song cut from Wicked as well as new lyrics to “If We Never Meet Again” from Rags and new lyrics for “Endless Delights,” cut since the original premiere of The Baker’s Wife. While audiences may be familiar with some of the songs in the production, all have been rearranged for the production, with Schwartz penning the title song “Snapshots.”

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  1. Steve is one class guy. The first time I saw JB in LA, on a weeknight, with my friend Charles Alexander, Steve actually came to our seats to say hello. I knew who he was of course (who can forget his joyful standing ovation as Christian was bounding down the aisle to accept his Tony?), but never suspected he would introduce himself to me first!!

    As we spoke, Steve told me he worked with Helen Reddy on “Center Stage”, her great comeback album in the 1990′s, where she sings some of Broadway’s less familiar gems. Told him I was a fan of Ms. Reddy back in the 70′s (loved her voice and her classic Grammy winning speech for “I am Woman”–”I’d like to thank G-d; SHE made everything possible”). Steve asked for my contact information and promised me a CD. Never thought I’d hear from him again, but sure enough, when I arrived back in New York, Ms. Reddy’s CD was in my mailbox with a personal note penned by the orchestration genius himself.

    And by the way, Ms. Reddy is in top form covering songs dating back to “Flower Drum Song” and “Call Me Madam” to the more recent “Sunset Boulevard” and “Blood Brothers.” Her voice interprets Steve’s lush orchestrations beautifully. That CD is going to get a lot of play!

    I wish Steve the very best with “Snapshots”. I get to Ohio every so often on business (was there this week in fact), so perhaps I can catch it.

    Comment by Howard Tucker — August 24, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

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