Except for perhaps Andrew Lloyd Webber, musical theater composer Stephen Schwartz is responsible for inserting more ear-worms into young heads than any other practitioner of the form.
Take, for instance, all those catchy numbers from 1971’s “Godspell,” with its seemingly endless litany of hummable melodies. Then there’s the similarly addictive “Pippin,” followed up by a dizzying array of hook-laden numbers from “Children of Eden” and, of course, Schwartz magnum opus “Wicked.”
Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions will present an original revue of Schwartz tunes in “A Night With Schwartz.” The show, which opens tonight in the company’s home in the Lecture Hall Theatre in the main building of Medaille College (18 Agassiz Circle), was written and developed by Kaleidoscope’s Beth A. Gerardi-Wharton, Thea Fenton Wheeler and Keith Wharton.
The show features more than 20 of Schwartz’s songs, along with the Western New York premiere of “Testimony,” his choral arrangement written for Dan Savage’s popular “It Gets Better” campaign. Appearing in the show are Gerardi-Wharton, Bethany Burrows, Robert “Ernie” Insana, Kelly Kroese, Melissa Leventhal, Christian Riso, Mary Ryan and Shawn William Smith.
Tickets to the show, which runs through Feb. 16, are $13 to $20. Call 479-1587 or visit www.kaleidoscopebuffalo.com.
– Colin Dabkowski