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book by David Stern
music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
conceived by Michael Scheman and David Stern
additional music and lyrics by David Crane, Seth Friedman, Marta Kaufman, Alan Menken and Charles Strouse
directed by Ken Sawyer

SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 - OCTOBER 23, 2011

A musical scrapbook about trusting your heart and believing your memories from the creator of Wicked, Godspell, Pippin and Working.

This romantic comedy blends the best-loved music of Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz with some of his lesser known gems. Featuring fresh lyrics and orchestrations, Snapshots reveals the humorous twists of a middle-aged couple's reminiscence of how love brought them together and why life pushed them apart.

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Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist

Stephen SchwartzStephen Schwartz is a native of New York City, born in 1948 to businessman Stan and teacher Sheila. Throughout his childhood, his parents met his obvious talents - both musical and verbal - with nurture and support. His first exposure to the Broadway stage was a musical called Shinbone Alley, adapted for the stage by the Schwartz's neighbour, George Kleisinger. Schwartz identifies seeing this show as the moment where he knew it was his ambition to write for the Broadway musical theatre. As a young teenager, he attended an impressive number of original Broadway productions, including My Fair Lady, Gypsy and West Side Story. While still in high school, he studied piano and composition at the Julliard School of Music.


Schwartz attended Carnegie Mellon University, originally as a playwriting major but switching to directing in order to have a more hands-on experience of the theatre. Carnegie Mellon did not offer musical theatre training at the time, and so Schwartz found an outlet for his goals in the extracurriculur "Scotch 'n' Soda Club" and their annual musicals. He collaborated and composed on several campus box office hits, including Pippin, Pippin, an early incarnation of one of his most beloved shows. It was at CMU that Schwartz decided that he wanted to focus on lyrics as well as composition, because, in his own words, "I couldn't find people to write lyrics for my songs whose work I felt strongly enough about." He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.F.A in Drama at the age of twenty.


After graduating, Schwartz spent time in New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire, gaining backstage experience on a number of prominent productions such as Oliver! and Camelot. In 1971, after returning to New York, Schwartz was hired to write a new song score for fellow CMU alumnus John Michael Telebak's master thesis project, Godspell. Godspell went on to become one of the longest running off-Broadway musicals. In 1972, Pippin premiered on Broadway and currently holds 31st place on the list of longest running Broadway shows. The Magic Show debuted on Broadway two years later, running for just under 2,000 performances. Godspell eventually had its Broadway debut in 1976, earning Schwartz two Grammys in the process. At this point, with three hit shows running on Broadway simultaneously, Schwartz had become recognised as a formidable force in American musical theatre.


Later credits include The Baker's Wife, a musical version of Stud Terkel's Working, three songs for the Off-Broadway revue Personals and lyrics for Charles Strouse's Rags.


Throughout the 90s, Schwartz's career is marked by a notable contribution to the soundtracks of many highly successful animated films. Some of his most recognisable songs can be found in films such as Disney's Pochahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also provided music Dreamwork's Prince of Egypt, winning an Academy Award for the song 'When You Believe.'


In 2003, Schwartz returned to Broadway with a bang, as the composer and lyricist for Wicked, a musical adaptation of a novel by Gregory Maguire which retells the story of Oz characters from the point of view of two young witches. Schwartz won another Grammy for his work on Wicked's cast recording. In 2007, he wrote lyrics for the live-action Disney film Enchanted. Three songs from this film received Academy Award nominations for 'Best Original Song.'


Schwartz has won three Oscars, three Grammys, four Drama Desk Awards and one Golden Globe, as well as six Tony Award nominations. He is also part of an elite handful of composers who have had three shows reach the milestone of one thousand performances on Broadway. The other three are Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman and Richard Rodgers. Out of these four, only Schwartz and Herman have seen three shows hit the 1500th mark.



Snapshots blends together some of the best-loved music with some of the genuinely wonderful lesser known gems of renowned Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz. In this unique musical scrapbook, Schwartz gives new lyrics to some of his most popular songs in order to tell a powerful story that is both fresh and familiar.


Captain Louie
Captain Louie is a musical aimed at children, adapted from the children's book The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats. It is the story of a young boy, Louie, who is forced to leave all his friends behind when he moves to a new neighbourhood and uses his imagination to work through the loneliness he feels. It premiered in the 1980s, and was revived Off-Broadway in 2005.  Songs in Snapshots: "New Kid in the Neighborhood"




Idina Menzel in 'Wicked'Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, which is in turn a retelling for Frank L. Baum's The Wizard of Oz, Wicked is currently the 17th longest running show in Broadway history. It tells the story of Elphaba, the futre Wicked Witch of the West and her relationship with Galinda, who will later become the Good Witch of the North. Despite mixed reviews, interest spread quickly by word-of-mouth and lead to record-breaking success in the box office. Wicked has won several Tonys and Drama Desk Awards. The cast recording received the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album in 2005.  Song in Snapshots: "Popular," "I'm Not That Girl," "Making Good" 



The Magic Show began life as Spellbound, with music by Howard Shore and book by David Cronenberg. When the show went to New York, the book and score were replaced entirely and Stephen Schwartz came on board to write music and lyrics. It opened in May 1974 and closed in December 1978. It tells the story of a young magician, Doug, working at a seedy nightclub and his assistant Cal's unrequited love for him.  Songs in Snapshots: "Lion Tamer"


With lyrics by Schwartz, this musical tells the story of the Jewish immigrant Rebecca and her young son David, who has fled Russia to come to New York in the hope of finding her husband, Nathan, who left for America years beforehand and never wrote to his family. It opened on Broadway in 1986. Despite a short run, it garnered some attention during awards season and in 1991, it was dramatically rewritten and streamlined for production at The American Jewish Theatre.  Song in Snapshots: "If We Never Meet Again"


Ty Taylor as the Leading Player in a modern revival of 'Pippin'One of Schwartz's most well-beloved musicals, Pippin was a huge hit in the 1970s. It tells the story of Pippin and his father Charlemagne, whose characters are loosely based on two real-life figures from the Middle-Ages. Classed as a concept musical, the story is framed by the premise a mysterious acting troupe who tell the story of a young prince is search of meaning in his life. Today, it holds 30th place on the list of Longest Running Broadway Musicals.  Songs in Snapshots: "Extraordinary," "Corner of the Sky," "With You"




The structure of Godspell is that of a series of parables based on the Gospel of Matthew, with lyrics from traditional hyms set to contemporary music. It opened off-Broadway in 1971 for a hugely successful run, before eventually finding a home on Broadway in 1976. Schwartz's score incorporates a variety of musical genres, from pop to gospel to folk rock. It is interesting to note the original cast largely defined the personality of each character as the show was developed. Godspell is one of Schwartz's best-loved works and one of the most frequently produced in an amateur context, to the extent that a version suitable for schools entitled Godspell Junior has been developed.  Songs in Snapshots: "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts"


Personals is a comedy musical revue on which Schwartz collaborated with several other musicians. The story and premise are light-hearted and the songs are tied together through the theme of personal column ads and other relationship adventures. The show has short but successful runs in both the US and London.  Songs in Snapshots: "Nothing To Do With Love," "Moving in with Susan"


The Baker's Wife premiered on the West End in 1989 for a short-run. It has never been produced on Broadway, but nonetheless has established a dedicated cult following. The song "Meadowlark" was a popular audition piece at the time. It is based on the novel La Femme du Boulanger by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono. It is set in a provincial French town where the villagers have been without bread for seven weeks, until the baker Aimable and his lovely young wife Genevieve arrive to put an end to the breadlessness. Songs in Snapshots: "Endless Delights," "Meadowlark," "Chanson"


Amy Adams in Disney's 'Enchanted'Enchanted is a Disney film from 2007 that riffs on the Disney fairytale format by throwing an animated princess into a modern, live-action world, where she must deal with the harsh realities of love and relationships. The film plays on the tropes of classic Disney films to great comic effect and received largely positive critical feedback. Schwartz contributed several songs, three of which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song.  Songs in Snapshots: "That's How You Know"


With music and lyrics by Schwartz, Children of Eden explores themes of parenting and childhood through the frame of the biblical story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel and Noah and the Flood. The musical does not have a specifically religious message, but uses the source material as a starting point and freely deviates in many details. It had a short-run in London's West-end and has never played Broadway, though it continues to be a popular staple for amateur productions.
Songs in Snapshots: "Spark of Creation," "Hardest Part of Love," "In Whatever Time We Have"




This is a concept musical is based on Studs Terkel's book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, which is a compilation of interviews with people from different regions and occupations. As well as writing the music, Schwartz directed the original production and contributed to the lyrics and the book. It was first staged in the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and then moved to Broadway for a short run.  Songs in Snapshots: "Fathers and Sons"


This is an eleven song album, composed, sung and accompanied by Schwartz. It has been described as an adult-orientated pop album, reflecting on mature themes and the journey through life from the perspective of an older person.  Songs in Snapshots: "So Far," "Code of Silence"


Photos of Snapshots rehearsal here.


Northlight's Resident Dramaturg Kristin Leahey interviews Stephen Schwartz....coming soon!


Tony Clarno

Tony Clarno (Daniel) Chicago credits include Aladdin (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and Stupid Kids (About Face Theatre). Regional credits include Third and Pygmalion (Guthrie Theater); Drawer Boy (Jungle Theater); West Side Story (Portland Center Stage); The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Great River Shakespeare Festival); The Crucible (Pittsburgh Public). Film credits include Peaceful Warrior (Lions Gate). Television credits include Pandemic and Shark Swarm (The Hallmark Channel).

Nick Cosgrove

Nick Cosgrove (Danny)is thrilled to be making his Northlight Theatre debut with such a fantastic company! Off-Broadway: Encores! Where's Charley? (dir. John Doyle). Regional: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph) at the New Theatre, The Sound of Music (Rolf) at the Engeman Theatre, Titanic (Fleet), Les Miserables (Joly), and Fiddler on the Roof (Chaim) at The Muny in St. Louis, MO. Carnegie Mellon University: Carousel (Billy Bigelow), and How To Succeed Without Really Trying (Bud Frump). NY Readings/Workshops: Saving Aimee (Charlie Chaplin), It's a Wonderful Life (Harry Bailey), Natural Woman (Neil Sedaka), Wanda's World (Ty Belvedere), The Extraordinary Ordinary (Joey) and Tuck Everlasting (dir. Casey Nicholaw). BFA Acting/Music Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University. Much love and appreciation to Mom, Dad, Rick, Christina, Ken, Stephen, Lynn, the entire Northlight Theatre production team and everyone at SCAW. Proud AEA. www.nickcosgrove.com


Jess Godwin

Jess Godwin (Susan) is so excited to be working with Northlight for the first time! Past theatre credits include Carousel (Court Theatre), Gypsy, A Wonderful Life, Sunday in the Park with George (Porchlight Music Theatre), Lady Madeline (The Steppenwolf Theater Company), The Wild Party, Songs for a New World, The Life (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble), and Tick...Tick...BOOM! (Pegasus Players). In the past two years, she has been focusing most of her performing energies towards writing, performing, and recording her own nerdy piano-based pop/soul music. Recent Chicago venues include Double Door, Mayne Stage, Schubas, Navy Pier, and Bottom Lounge. Other recent tour cities: New York, LA, Boston, Detroit, Atlanta, Toronto, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. Jess will be releasing a new music video, "Out with the Old" in November. Feel free to check out her upcoming show dates and get a free download at www.jessgodwin.com. I love my mom and dad!


Megan Long

Megan Long (Susie) is happy to make her Northlight Theatre debut. Chicago credits include: The Emperor's New Clothes, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream (Chicago Shakespeare), Meet Me in St. Louis (Drury Lane Watertower), A Little Night Music (Light Opera Works), Always, Patsy Cline, Married Alive! (Fox Valley Repertory), Little Women (Marriott Theatre), Carter's Way (The Steppenwolf Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane Oakbrook), and My Favorite Year (Bailiwick Repertory). She is a proud member of AEA and is represented by Gray Talent Group. Many thanks to the cast, crew, and creative team of Snapshots! All my love to MLB. This one is for you, PawPaw!

Susie McMonagle

Susie McMonagle (Sue) Broadway: Fantine in Les Miserables. First National tours: Billy Elliot (Mrs. Wilkinson and Mum). Other National Tours include Mamma Mia (Donna), Les Miserables (Fantine) The Secret Garden and The Sound of Music. Chicago credits include: At Wits End (Jane Grant) and Sideshow (Daisy) at Northlight Theatre, Rock n Roll (Candida) at the Goodman Theatre, Man of La Mancha (M. Bane) at the Court Theatre. Additional Chicago credits: Indian Ink (Flora), Dirty Blonde (Mae), Spitfire Grill (Shelby), Annie Get Your Gun (Annie), Miss Saigon (Ellen), Anything Goes (Reno), Cats (Grizabella), Evita (Eva Peron) and Chess (Florence). Recipient of After Dark Awards, Critic's Circle Award, and nine Joseph Jefferson nominations. BFA Stephens College. Proud Mom to Jack and Elliot, happy wife to Dan.

 Gene Weygandt

Gene Weygandt
(Dan) is a three-time Jefferson Award recipient.  You've likely seen him as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in Wicked either here in Chicago or on Broadway.  Also on Broadway, he created the role of Paul, the bad boyfriend, in Big: the Musical.   Regional credits include: Working, The Music Man, My Old Lady, Taming of the Shrew, Me and My Girl, Little Me, Lend Me a Tenor, Little Shop of Horrors, and A Day in Hollywood, among others.  Film: The Birdcage, The Babe, The Pager.  Television:  Murphy Brown, Home Improvement, Cybill, The Drew Carey Show, Ellen, Coach, University Hospital.  He's also a voice-over actor you've heard hundreds of times.  The happy owner of a 30 year-old motorcycle, he is a proud graduate of The Seymour Goldberg BMW Tech Yeshiva. 


Stephen Schwartz (Composer/Lyricist) has contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker's Wife, Working, Personals, Rags, Children Of Eden, and the current Broadway hit Wicked. He collaborated with composer Alan Menken on the songs for the Disney features Enchanted, Pocahontas, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and wrote the songs for DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt. He has written two musicals for children, Captain Louie and My Son Pinocchio, and recently composed a new opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon. Schwartz has released two CDs of original songs, Reluctant Pilgrim and Uncharted Territory, and his career is the subject the book "Defying Gravity". He is the current President of the Dramatists Guild and has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Theatre Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies.

David Stern (Book Writer) began his career working on the Broadway productions of Miss Saigon, Nick & Nora and Big. After a small detour into directing with the NY revival of Starting Here, Starting Now and a stint with The American Project at Circle in the Square, he returned to writing with The 1990s Radio Hour and a Half for NPR. David then migrated west where has written numerous movies, including: Geppetto for the Wonderful World of Disney (nominated for four Emmy Awards), Open Season 2 (nominated for an Annie Award), Open Season 3 (which he also produced) as well as the upcoming The Hotel Transylvania, and Henry & Me. He recently finished the stage adaptation of Geppetto entitled My Son Pinocchio, is currently writing and producing Turkeys - an animated feature starring Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, and is writing the animated feature Punk Farm for MGM.

Ken Sawyer (Director) recently directed the world premiere of Lovelace: A Rock Opera (winner of the LA Weekly Award for Best Director of a Musical) at the Hayworth Theatre. Noteworthy credits include: the award winning LA premiere of The Woman in Black, the LA premiere concert of One Red Flower (starring Maureen McGovern, Hunter Parrish, David Burnham and Levi Kreis), and the LA premiere of Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus' adaptation of Crime & Punishment. Sawyer and his work have been nominated and won numerous LA Weekly, LA Ovation, and Drama Critics Circle Awards. Ken is a BFA graduate of The Juilliard School and an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab West and the LaMama Italy International Directors Workshop.

Steve Orich (Music Direction & Arrangements) received a Tony nomination for Best Orchestrations for his work on Jersey Boys, with the album winning the Grammy. He has conducted productions of Do I Hear a Waltz?, A Class Act, 110 in the Shade, and Can-Can at the Pasadena Playhouse, Paint Your Wagon at the Geffen, and The Great American Songbook at the Mark Taper Forum. As a composer, he has written music for numerous television series, specials, and documentaries including the ACE award-winning Mo' Funny for HBO, All About Bette Davis for TNT, Bob Hope...Laughing with the Presidents for NBC, and the award-winning PBS/Lifetime documentary Jackie Onassis: An Intimate Portrait. Since Jersey Boys, Orich has orchestrated new productions of Turn of the Century at the Goodman (directed by Tommy Tune), Time After Time at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, and Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. His orchestrations have been performed by the Boston Pops, at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House, and around the world. He lives in Los Angeles and New York.

Karl Christian (Musical Staging) has worked extensively with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on benefits including Gypsy of the Year, The Easter Bonnet Competition, and Broadway Bares. Regional theatre credits include Rent, and Little Women at the Engeman Theatre in New York. For television he has choreographed several episodes of ABC's Brothers & Sisters and serves as movement consultant to Sally Field and Meg Ryan. As an actor he has appeared on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's Jumpers, Miss Saigon, and Beauty and the Beast. He is the proud new father of Evelyn May.


Jack Magaw (Scenic Design) Other Chicago area and regional theatre design credits include The Who and the What (La Jolla Playhouse), Joan of Arc (Chicago Opera Theatre), Clybourne Park and Beneatha's Place (Centerstage), A Raisin in the Sun (Milwaukee Rep), Little Gem (City), Romeo and Juliet and The Foreigner (Kansas City Rep), Sunday in the Park with George and The Game's Afoot (Peninsula Players), Hedda Gabler and The Letters (Writers). Eight Jefferson Award nominations include designs for The Caretaker (Writers) and Disgraced (American Theatre Company). Upcoming projects: The Who and the What (Lincoln Center Theatre - LCT3) and Awake and Sing! (Olney). Jack is married to director Kimberly Senior and teaches design at The Theatre School at DePaul University. www.jackmagaw.com

Elizabeth Flauto (Costume Design) has numerous design credits in Chicago, including Waiting for Lefty (current, American Blues Theater); Enron (upcoming, TimeLine); First Look Repertory of New Works 2010 (Steppenwolf); Lost Boys of Sudan (Victory Gardens); Funny Girl (Drury Lane); Married Alive (Noble Fool Theatricals/Fox Valley Repertory); John and Jen (Apple Tree); Farragut North (current) An Enemy of the People, Here Where It's Safe (Stage Left Theatre). New York: Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons); Secrets of a Soccer Mom (Jerry Orbach Theatre/Snapple Center); Captain Louie (York Theatre, Little Shubert). Hope Summer Repertory Theatre: Children of Eden, Taking Steps, Into the Woods, Room Service, Lost in Yonkers, The Hypochondriac. Barrington Stage Company: A Streetcar Named Desire, Private Lives, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, Uncle Vanya, Ring Round the Moon, Importance of Being Earnest. Proud Member United Scenic Artists 829. Love to K.

Jesse Klug (Lighting Design) National Tour of The Screwtape Letters. Off Broadway: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Second Stage, Lortel and Hewes Nomination), The Screwtape Letters (Westside Arts). Romulus (Guggenheim Museum), The Hourglass (NYMTF). Chicago: Chicago Shakespeare, Drury Lane, Goodman, Victory Gardens, Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, Court, Writers', Marriott, TimeLine, American Theatre Company, Noble Fool, Chicago Dramatist, American Theatre Company. Regional: Fulton Theatre, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Portland Center Stage, Boars Head Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory. Resident Lighting Designer for Drury Lane, Route 66, and Chicago Tap Theatre. Jeff and After Dark award winner. www.jessekluglightingdesign.com

Mike Tutaj (Projection Design) has designed projections and sound for theatre since 2002. In Chicago, his work has been seen on the stages of TimeLine, The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, Court, American Theater Company, Teatro Vista, The Hypocrites, Silk Road Theatre Project, and many more. Off-Broadway and Regional credits include The York Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre Company, and Theatre Squared. Mike is an Artistic Associate with TimeLine Theatre Company and Company Member of Barrel of Monkeys Productions.

Lindsay Jones (Sound Design) Northlight credits include: A Life, The Miser, Lady, Bee Luther Hatchee and Rounding Third. Off-Broadway credits include: Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, NYTW, Vineyard Theatre, Pearl Theatre and Primary Stages. Regional credits include: Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, The Old Globe, Chicago Shakespeare, Alley, Steppenwolf and Lookingglass. International credits include: Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada), Royal Shakespeare Company (England), as well as productions in Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Scotland. Jones has received six Joseph Jefferson Awards and 16 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, two ASCAP Plus Awards and two Drama Desk Award nominations. Film scores include The Brass Teapot for Magnolia Pictures (opens April 7) and 2006 Academy Award-winning A Note Of Triumph for HBO Films. www.lindsayjones.com

Kristin Leahey (Dramaturg) is the Resident Dramaturg at Northlight and formerly the Literary Manager at A Red Orchid and Woolly Mammoth in Washington, DC. She has worked with Goodman, The Kennedy Center, Indiana Repertory, Cleveland Play House, Victory Gardens, The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Collaboraction, Teatro Luna, Teatro Vista, Steep, Eclipse, Redmoon, Next, and A Red Orchid. Leahey received her M.A. from Northwestern and her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Her publications include articles in Theatre Topics, Theatre History, and Theatre Studies, and she has taught at Columbia College, University of Chicago, and at DePaul University. She is an Artistic Associate at Steep Theatre Company and this year's artist-in-residence at Weber State.

Rita Vreeland (Production Stage Manager) Recent credits elsewhere in the Chicagoland area include Little Shop of Horrors and many other productions at Theatre at the Center; the annual Christmas Schooner (Mercury); and the world premieres of A Twist of Water (Route 66), El Nogalar (Goodman), and We Are Proud to Present... (Victory Gardens). In addition to stage management, Rita was the set designer at Harold Washington College from 2001-2012, and is a member of the Route 66 Theatre Company in Chicago. She is the proud wife of actor Tom Hickey and mom to one-year-old Charlie.




A married couple (Susie McMonagle and Gene Weygandt) reflects on their relationship history, looking back at their former selves and the individuals that make up their romantic past (all played by Tony Clarno, Nick Cosgrove, Jess Godwin and Megan Long) in this musical scrapbook by Stephen Schwartz.


Photos by Michael Brosilow

Photo Gallery

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The cast of "Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook"Susie McMonagleSusie McMonagle and Gene Weygandt(foreground) Nick Cosgrove, Megan Long, (background) Susie McMonagle, Gene WeygandtSusie McMonagle and Gene Weygandt(foreground) Megan Long, (background) Susie McMonagle and Gene Weygandt(foreground) Megan Long, Nick Cosgrove, (background) Susie McMonagle and Gene WeygandtTony Clarno, Megan Long, Jess Godwin, Nick CosgroveNick Cosgrove, Susie McMonagle and Gene WeygandtJess Godwin, Susie McMonagle, Gene Weygandt, Tony Clarno
Susie McMonagle, Jess Godwin, Tony Clarno, Gene WeygandtTony Clarno, Megan LongSusie McMonagle, Jess Godwin, Tony Clarno, Gene WeygandtGene Weygandt and Tony ClarnoSusie McMonagle and Jess GodwinTony Clarno, Jess Godwin, Susie McMonagle, Gene WeygandtCast of SnapshotsCast and Creators of SnapshotsSet of Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook


Morning Glow



"This play had something for everyone. Laughter and tears all at the same time. The music was outstanding thanks to the genius of Stephen Schwartz. I especially liked the way they integrated the different music from several plays to connect with this play...outstanding. The actors were marvelous! Especially the two leads...Great to see the Wizard again!! A must see....I will go again!"


"I have been coming to Northlight for over 30 years and I think this was one of the best shows yet."


"Terrific cast. Was totally enjoyable. Wouldn't mind seeing it again." 


"We loved the play.  Especially touching for long-time marrieds like us.  I was watching the audience members at the end.  Men were putting their arms around their wives, taking their hands, giving them a kiss.  Made ‘em think..."


"Great voices. Moving. I'm planning on seeing this again."


"Great acting, story, music...laughed out loud, teared up at the end. Great start to the season!"


"The show made us laugh and cry and isn't that what a great show should do.  We loved it and highly recommend it for a new and 'inspiring'  theatrical experience." 


"One of the best musicals that I have seen in quite a while. The voices were outstanding and the story was told flawlessly. An enjoyable evening at the theater."


"My husband and I absolutely loved Snapshots! We both cried uncontrollably during the last 15-20 minutes of the show. Bring tissues. We could definitely relate to the characters as we are at the same point in our lives. It gave us hope for a happy future together. It made us appreciate the past that we've shared together. We would highly recommend seeing it."


"We weren't quite sure what to expect when we purchased these tickets. Our rule rules is that if we really don't like a performance, we'll leave at intermission. Wow! Not a chance! We thoroughly enjoyed this performance. The subject matter was excellent and the performances were absolutely outstanding!  This was the second show we attended at Northlight and we are seriously considering season tickets."  


"One of the best musicals I have seen in years. Perfectly casted with six extremely talented individuals."


"I thought it was a great show. In the week since I saw it I have recommended to everyone I know." 


"One of the most enjoyable I have seen in a long time. Technical and staging and cast, exceptional." 


"The music was extraordinary."


Gags, gimmicks blur musically gorgeous 'Snapshots'

September 26, 2011
By CHRIS JONES Theatre critic


At one of the key moments in "Snapshots" — the unusual new show at the Northlight Theatre celebrating and re-conceiving the remarkable music of Stephen Schwartz — we watch an older man, whose marriage is in crisis, watching his younger, happier self pace a delivery room. The expectant father is singing "All Good Gifts," originally from "Godspell," and a melody of great beauty.

At that moment, you're struck that the idea behind "Shapshots" (not quite a revue and not quite a full-fledged musical) is a very good one. At the top of "Snapshots," which has a book by David Stern, a middle-aged woman (played by Susie McMonagle) climbs to her attic to get the suitcase that will help her leave her husband (Gene Weygandt). He shows up from work, oblivious as ever, and the two end up looking back through their lives as lovers, parents and take-each-other-for-granted spouses, with the wife's impending exit providing the requisite tension. Their younger selves, variously played by Megan Long, Jess Godwin, Nick Cosgrove and Tony Clarno, act out vistas from their lives, singing Schwartz as they go, often with lyrics newly penned by the composer himself.


The idea works because of the originality of the set-up, but also because Schwartz's songs, filled with aspiration and quizzical wonder, fit the basic premise so well. "All Good Gifts" and "Fathers and Sons" (from "Children of Eden") make perfect paternal sense, just as "Magic to Do" or "Corner of the Sky" work with the young and graduating. I was very touched by how the show uses "Meadowlark" as a picture book that sad-eyed McMonagle finds in the attic, her life flown away. And, thanks in no small measure to some truly superb arrangements from Steve Orich, who also musically directs this strong cast, there are some very clever song pairings that work on one level for Schwartz aficionados and another for everyone else: For example, the upbeat "Lion Tamer" from "The Magic Show" leads beautifully into "I'm Not That Girl" from "Wicked," fused with even more self-doubt.

I could go on about many more such inspired musical choices here, most of which are beautifully sung, especially by Long and Clarno. Schwartz's new lyrics, like all of his old lyrics, are wise, direct and generally superb.  Read more>




New setting for classic Schwartz songs in 'Snapshots'

September 6, 2011


Northlight Theatre Artistic Director BJ Jones has a two-word explanation as to why he chose to open the season with the Chicago premiere of "Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook" — “Stephen Schwartz.”


“Clearly Stephen Schwartz is one of the great musical theater icons,” Jones said, adding rhetorically, “How long has 'Wicked' been on, four or five years? He has consistently been a major player on Broadway as long as I can remember. Arguably he’s as prolific as anyone in the business today.”


Snapshots blends some of Schwartz’s most beautiful songs through a book by David Stern about a couple of newly empty nesters who are reflecting on their life together. It stars Gene Weygandt as Dan and Susie McMonagle as Sue. (Tony Clarno, Nick Cosgrove, Jess Godwin and Megan Long play the characters at different stages of their lives.) Ken Sawyer directs.


Favorite songs


Jones said that Schwartz “has taken some of his favorite pieces, stretching over a pretty broad spectrum of work that he has written, and put them into a new context, giving us the opportunity to appreciate anew and — in some cases — discover how really gifted and prolific he is. And it’s such an accessible and relatable story.”


Weygandt described Dan as “a typical American middle-aged husband. I don’t mean that to be denigrating to the character but I think that’s part of the point of it. Everybody comes to a point in their lives when they ask themselves quite seriously, ‘How from where I started did I get to where I am?’ ”


His wife Sue has similar questions. “She’s frustrated in her life. They’ve been married for 20 years,” McMonagle related. “Although they love each other, it’s very easy to drift into complacency.” As in most long-term relationships, there are sometimes miscues in communication.


“I think through stopping to take a real close look at their relationship, she realizes that it’s not just his fault,” McMonagle said. “Relationships are fluid and you have to constantly feed them.”


So often when a book is formed around a collection of existing songs the story seems forced. That’s not the case here, the actors insist.


Weygandt credits David Stern’s “skill as a writer and his enormous love for Stephen’s material. And the other half of the equation is Stephen’s writing. There are precious few writers working these days who have such an enormous ability to cut to the heart of the issue to describe the human heart in such a simple and potent way.”


“I am really excited about this show,” McMonagle said. She noted that prior to auditioning, she knew that "Snapshots" would be musically wonderful because of Schwartz’s writing. “Once I read the book, I thought, ‘This is amazing,’ ” McMonagle said.


The score includes numerous Schwartz tunes, including “All Good Gifts” ("Godspell"), “Fathers and Sons” ("Working"), “Chanson” ("The Baker’s Wife"), “Meadowlark” ("The Baker’s Wife"), and “I’m Not that Girl” ("Wicked").


On the scene


Composer and lyricist Schwartz has been heavily involved in this production, including attending casting sessions and some rehearsals.


Weygandt noted that Schwartz was also in Chicago for his production of "Working" at Broadway Playhouse in February. In addition, Weygandt had a lot of contact with Schwartz during the years he played the Wizard in "Wicked", in Chicago and on Broadway.


“It’s quite remarkable working with Stephen Schwartz,” Weygandt said. “ ‘With’ is the operative word for Stephen. He assumes that everyone in the room is operating at his level. It’s a wonderful way to work when this guy who has had such enormous success and is so enormously talented and prolific treats you as a collaborator.”


“I was extremely nervous to meet him,” McMonagle admitted. That fear dissipated within 30 seconds, she reported. “He’s just people,” she said. “He creates an atmosphere where you feel extremely comfortable.”




Read the review on the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate



Snapshots makes city's top ten lists

The Anticipation Index: Ten shows to buy tickets to now

October, 2011

"Northlight's cast is also a dazzler, featuring the soulful clarion pipes of Susie McMonagle and the Schwartz specialist Gene Weygandt." Read more>



Top Ten Plays to Watch

September 16, 2011
By CHRIS JONES Tribune Critic


"Stephen Schwartz is having a busy fall. Along with working on the Broadway revival of Godspell, Schwartz is in town this weekend and working with the Northlight Theatre on a newly developed piece called 'Snapshots'...Schwartz's songs from the likes of 'Pippin' and 'The Baker's Wife' provide the backdrop for the new story of a marriage at a crossroads." Read more>



The pick of a promising fall season

September 13, 2011


"Assembling the pieces: An A-list cast that includes Broadway vet and Evanstonian Susie McMonagle and former Wizard of Oz (for 'Wicked' of both Broadway and Broadway in Chicago) Gene Weygandt." Read more>



2011 Fall Theater Guide

September 1, 2011
By CHRIS JONES Tribune Critic


"Broadway producers looking for new material will...have to find their way to 'Snapshots'...a show that draws from the music of that phenomenally successful pop composer Stephen Schwartz ('Wicked', 'Godspell', 'Pippin')." Read more>


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