ASA 2022 Gala: For Good—A Celebration of Stephen Schwartz

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Monday, May 9, 2022 in Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center in NYC. What a glorious night it was as the American Songbook Association honored multi-award winning songwriter Stephen Schwartz with its Lifetime Achievement Award in front of a packed house. Also presented that evening was the first-ever Bill Sensenbrenner Dream Maker Award to James Brent White. Here are photos of the evening. Michael Roberts was music director and John Boswell provided accompaniment for several artists. Scott Coulter directed and served as the host. (All photos by Genevieve Rafter Keddy)

Stephen Schwartz
Jessica Hendy
“Defying Gravity” from Wicked
John Boswell, pianist
Scott Coulter, director and host
Michael Roberts, music directer, here announcing the first annual Bill Sensenbrenner Dream Maker Award recipient
James Brent White, recipient of the Bill Sensenbrenner Dream Maker Award
Sally Mayes
“Beautiful City from Godspell
Carolyn Montgomery
Executive Director of the American Songbook Association
Darnell White
“Magic to Do” from Pippin
David LaMarr
“Magic to Do” from Pippin
Teri Ralston
“Chanson” from The Baker’s Wife
Rachel Kaufman
accompanied “Chanson”
Kurt Peterson
“Proud Lady” from The Baker’s Wife
Jim Brochu
“Corner of the Sky” from Pippin
Christine Andreas
“Children of the Wind” from Rags
Michael Roberts, music director
John Bucchino via video
Kelli Rabke
“Stranger to the Rain” from Children of Eden
Paul Shaffer
“Bless the Lord” from Godspell
Surprise Guest Ben Vereen who spoke eloquently about Stephen
Anthony Murphy
“Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas
Scott Coulter
“When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt
Debbie Gravitte
“No Time at All” from Pippin
Liz Callaway
“Meadowlark” from The Baker’s Wife
Rupert Holmes, who present the ASA Lifetime Achievement Award to Stephen
The cast singing “For Good” from Wicked