Schwarz composed the original music for Mary Zimmerman’s
METAMORPHOSES, for which he won the 2002 Drama Desk Award for
Outstanding Music in a Play. After it’s initial Chicago
run was extended by popular demand, the show moved on to Seattle,
Berkeley, Los Angeles, and New York. After winning two Tony Awards
for the Broadway production, it was subsequently presented in
St. Louis, Cincinnati, Hartford, Kansas City and Melbourne, Australia.
in Mary Zimmerman's "Journey to the West", Berkeley
Repertory Theater 1997.
collaborations with Ms. Zimmerman include THE ODYSSEY, for which
he received the 2000 Joseph Jefferson Award for Original Music,
and JOURNEY TO THE WEST, which won him the the Bay Area Critics’ Circle
Award for 1997, as well as THE BALTIMORE WALTZ at Chicago’s
Goodman Theatre. Other Chicago credits include GOOD PERSON OF
SZECHUAN, A WINTER’S TALE, ROMEO and JULIET, and A CHRISTMAS
CAROL at the Goodman Theatre. For Steppenwolf Theatre he served
as onstage music director for the La Jolla, London and Tony Award – winning
Broadway productions of THE GRAPES OF WRATH, and composed for
and appeared in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and EVELYN and the POLKA KING.
At Victory Garden he performed in MICHAEL,MARGARET, PAT and KATE,
and composed the score for UNDERGROUND at National Jewish Theatre.
For Court theatre he composed and performed in FUENTE OVEJUNA,
ELEKTRA, MYSTERY CYCLE: CREATION and MYSTERY CYCLE: PASSION.
He composed the music for Seattle Repertory Theatre’s MIDSUMMER
NIGHT’S DREAM, and has served as music consultant for the
Premiere run of August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS, and for
SHARP SHOOTER at Mad River Theatre in Ohio.
has toured and performed with such diverse artists as Tom Waits,
Theodore Bikel, Ravi Shankar, David Amram, Robert Bly, Shlomo
Carlebach and Leon Russell. His solo CDs LIVE FOR THE MOMENT
and HOME; SONGS OF IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES AND EXILES received highest
critical acclaim in Europe, and the CD ‘METAMORPHOSES and
other plays directed by Mary Zimmerman’ was issued by Knitting
Factory Records in 2002.
original music of Willy Schwarz, including many haunting
passages for exotic strings, makes the many scenes flow together
Wall Street Journal
the wonders of the play ‘Metamorphoses’, is the
enchanting music by Willy Schwarz. It’s graceful mix
of western and eastern elements unexpectedly made a great
night at the theatre a memorable night of music as well...”
Ten Moments in Classical Music, 2002
New York Times