5 things you need to know about Oscar nominee Stephen Schwartz

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• Composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz is nominated for three Academy Awards at the 80th annual ceremony tonight, all for songs written with Alan Menken for "Enchanted": "Happy Working Song," "So Close" and "That's How You Know."

• Schwartz graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 1968. By the mid-'70s, the native New Yorker had made his stamp on Broadway, as a Tony nominee for the music and lyrics in "Pippin" and "Godspell."

• "Godspell" was the brainchild of fellow CMU alumnus John-Michael Tebelak; Schwartz was brought on board by producers who had heard his score for "Pippin." Another connection: the producers heard about "Godspell" from Charles Haid, a CMU alumnus and busy TV actor and director.

• Schwartz has captured three Oscars but no Tony Awards. With Menken, he won two in 1996 for the musical score of "Pocahontas" and Best Original Song for the animated film's "Colors of the Wind." He won again in 1998 for "When You Believe" from "The Prince of Egypt" and was a nominee for another animated movie, Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."

• In 2004, Schwartz's Drama Desk Award-winning musical "Wicked" lost the Best Musical Tony to "Avenue Q." Kristin Chenoweth, who will join Marlon Saunders in a duet of "That's How You Know" for the Oscars telecast, was Tony-nominated as Glinda the Good Witch in "Wicked."


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