What's new: Stephen Schwartz's songs get a new life in a new show - "Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook" opens tonight at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre. There are some new lyrics woven into those famous numbers from Schwartz's "Wicked," "Pippin," "Godspell" and "The Baker's Wife." And those songs are blended into a new storyline.
Picture this: "Snapshots," a romantic comedy is conceived by Michael Scheman and book writer David Stern, focuses on a couple who has been wed for 20 years. Over that time, though, they have drifted apart. When they find a box of old photos, though, they reminisce and reconnect with their past.
A mantel of awards: Schwartz is a Broadway biggie, of course, with six Tony nominations to his name. He's also an Academy Award and Grammy winner, with a trio of Oscars for Disney's "Pocahontas" and Dreamworks' "The Prince of Egypt" and Grammys for "Godspell," "Pocahontas" and "Wicked."
Casting about: The Norma Terris cast boasts an abundance of Broadway talent. Karen Mason and Mark Jacoby star as the 20-year couple. Mason's litany of Broadway credits include "Hairspray" and "Mamma Mia!" Jacoby's run from "Elf" to "Sweeney Todd." Their younger selves will be Elizabeth Stanley ("Million Dollar Quartet") and Matthew Scott ("Sondheim on Sondheim"), and by Ephie Aardema and Dan DeLuca. Daniel Goldstein (Broadway's "Godspell" revival) directs.
- KRISTINA DORSEY
"Snapshots," Norma Terris Theatre, 33 North Main St., Chester; opens tonight and runs through Nov. 17; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wed., 7:30 p.m. Thurs. (except 8 tonight), 8 p.m. Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sun.; starting at $44, prices subject to change based on availability: (860) 8783-8668, goodspeed.org.