Monday, May 9, 2022

7:30 PM

Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center

129 West 67th Street

New York, NY 10023

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John Boswell John Bucchino Liz Callaway Jason Graae Debbie Gravitte Jessica Hendy Rupert Holmes Sally Mayes Kurt Peterson Kelli Rabke Teri Ralston Paul Shaffer

Directed by

Scott Coulter

Musical Director

Michael Roberts

Stephen Schwartz

Dream Maker Award Recipient

James Brent White

The Bill Sensenbrenner

Dream Maker Award

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Gala Committee

Ann Kittredge

ASA Board Vice President/Gala Committee Liaison

Wendy Scherl


Bekka Lindström

Kevin P. Joyce

Danny Bacher

Joanne Halev

Susan Mack

Board Officers

Carolyn Montgomery

Executive Director

Michael Roberts


Ann Kittredge

Vice President

Robin Westle


Frank Dain


Board of Directors

Norman S. Drubner

Keith Meritz

Craig Pomranz

The Advisory Board

Lucie Arnaz

Jennifer Bassey

Desmond Child

Jamie deRoy

Adela & Larry Elow

Peter Hanson

Peter Leavy

Joel A. Martin

Marilyn Maye

James Morgan

Steve Ross

Billy Stritch

KT Sullivan

Debbi Whiting

Karen Ziemba

Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz was born in New York City on March 6, 1948. He studied piano and composition at the Juilliard School of Music while in high school and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968 with a B.F.A. in Drama. Upon coming back to live in New York City, he went to work as an A&R producer for RCA Records, but shortly thereafter began to work in the Broadway theatre. His first major credit was the title song for the play Butterflies Are Free; the song was eventually used in the movie version as well.

In 1971, he wrote the music and new lyrics for Godspell, for which he won two Grammys among other awards. This was followed by the English texts, in collaboration with Leonard Bernstein, for Bernstein’s Mass, which opened the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The following year, he wrote the music and lyrics for Pippin, and two years later, The Magic Show. At one point, Godspell, Pippin, and The Magic Show were all running on Broadway simultaneously.

He next wrote the music and lyrics for The Baker’s Wife, followed by a musical version of Studs Terkel’s Working, to which he contributed four songs and which he also adapted and directed, winning a Drama Desk Award as best director.

Other work for the musical theatre includes lyrics to Rags (music by Charles Strouse), music and lyrics for Children of Eden, and two musicals produced overseas, Mit Eventyr (My Fairy Tale) in Denmark and Schikaneder in Austria. He has also written songs for two musicals for young audiences, Captain Louie and My Son, Pinocchio. Compilation revues of his work include Snapshots and, for Princess Cruise Lines, Magic to Do.

For film, he collaborated with composer Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Pocahontas, for which he received two Academy Awards and another Grammy, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Enchanted, as well as the sequel, Disenchanted, due out later this year. He also provided songs for DreamWorks’ first animated feature, The Prince of Egypt, for which he won another Academy Award for the song “When You Believe.” The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Prince of Egypt have both been adapted for the stage.

Mr. Schwartz’s most recent stage musical, Wicked, opened in the fall of 2003 and is currently running on Broadway and in several other productions around the world. In 2008, Wicked reached its 1900th performance on Broadway, making Mr. Schwartz the only songwriter in Broadway history ever to have three shows run more than 1900 performances.

His first opera, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, premiered at Opera Santa Barbara in the fall of 2009 and was subsequently produced by New York City Opera. He has also released two singer/songwriter CDs, Reluctant Pilgrim and Uncharted Territory.

Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he has been the artistic director of musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles for over twenty years, as well as conducting workshops for aspiring musical theatre writers and performers in countries around the world. He is also a past President and current Council Member of the Dramatists Guild.

Mr. Schwartz has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2015, he received the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award for his humanitarian and mentorship contributions to the theatre.

A book about his career, Defying Gravity, has been released by Applause Books. More information can be found at

James Brent White

Human Capital Management Executive, specializing in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Nonprofit Board Leadership

James White has over 25 years’ experience in Human Capital Management at leading, global financial services firms including Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, OppenheimerFunds, and Lord Abbett.

In 2015, James was selected as the first Head of Diversity & Inclusion at both OppenheimerFunds and in 2108, Lord Abbett. Through his leadership, OppenheimerFunds was regularly recognized in the marketplace for their efforts, including the Corporate Equality Index Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality, Working Mother’s Best Place to work for Multicultural Women, and the Black Women of Influence Corporate Trailblazer Award. Lord Abbett has been recognized as a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion beginning with the lighting of the firm’s Jersey City waterfront façade in the colors of the rainbow flag throughout Pride Month, which has since become an annual cultural celebration for the citizens of the local area.

James is a frequent speaker and Human Capital Management consultant. Within the nonprofit sector, James has served in several board and executive leadership roles, most recently as President of the Board for Amas Musical Theatre from 2017 – 2020 and YWCA Impact Investing Advisory Council, WOMN ETF from 2018 – 2021. Additionally, James works as a pro bono nonprofit board consultant.

As a supporter of the musical theater community, most recently James served as CoProducer of the musical Goldstein and as Associate Producer of the play Less Than 50%.

The Bill Sensenbrenner Dream Maker Award

Honoring leaders in the business community who exhibit a passion for investing in the cultural capital of our youth. The ASA is committed to finding and celebrating partners who share its mission. Those partners provide resources for enrichment programs and create models of equal opportunity, acknowledging the enormous benefit of exposing our future leaders to the performing arts.

The Bill Sensenbrenner Dream Maker Award has been named to celebrate the enormous contribution of Bill Sensenbrenner, who was passionate about the mission of the ASA and was the engine behind its education program and contributed in any way he could. Bill served as a primary fundraiser on the board of the ASA, raising more money from independent sources for the organization in a year than any other board member. One of his favorite songs was “Moon River” by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. In that, he was particularly fond of the reference to being a dream maker. And that’s what ASA is all about.

Bill held a master’s degree in theater management from Southern Methodist University and was a lifelong, avid theater goer. His career included theater management as well as office management for an executive accounting firm. Gone too soon, Bill was a rainmaker, supporter, friend of the arts, and cheerful human being. He is missed every day.