Defying Gravity


DEFYING GRAVITY: the songs of Stephen Schwartz is the world premiere concert production that became the most exciting musical theatre event of 2016 in Australia.

Stephen Schwartz has won three Academy Awards, four Grammys and four Drama Desk Awards for his work on Broadway hits including Godspell, Pippin and Wicked as well as the Disney movies Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted.

This concert celebrating this incredible body of work was headlined by two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Aaron Tveit (Les Misérables movie, Next To Normal, Catch Me If You Can) who appeared alongside internationally renowned West End star Joanna Ampil (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Cats), Helpmann Award winner Helen Dallimore (Blood Brothers, Legally Blonde) and David Harris (Miss Saigon, Legally Blonde).  Tony Award winning Broadway, TV and film icon Betty Buckley (Cats, Pippin, Sunset Boulevard, Carrie) made a very special guest appearance, marking her debut Sydney performance.

This thrilling concert includes Stephen Schwartz classics such as Day by Day, Colors of the WindWhen You BelievePopularCorner of the SkyBeautiful CityMeadowlark and, of course, Defying Gravity.

Defying Gravity premiered at Sydney’s Theatre Royal in February 2016 to enormous audience and critical acclaim.

In June 2020, Defying Gravity heads to Tokyo starring Joanna Ampil, Alistair Brammer (Wicked, Miss Saigon), Japanese musical theatre star Naoto Kaiho (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Suzie Mathers (Wicked), Rachel Tucker (Wicked) with special guest Ruthie Henshall (Children of Eden).

Defying Gravity – The songs of Stephen Schwartz
Theatre Royal, Sydney
Orchard Hall, Tokyo


  • Alistair Brammer
  • Naoto Kaiho
  • Suzie Mathers
  • Rachel Tucker

with special guest

  • Ruthie Henshall


  • Sutton Foster
  • Aaron Tveit
  • Helen Dallimore
  • David Harris

with very special guests

  • Betty Buckley
  • Stephen Schwartz
Creative Team
  • Andrew Pole (Director)
  • Guy Simpson (Musical Director)
Photographs by Robert Catto.

As broadway gold goes, it doesn't get much more glittery than this!

Limelight Magazine

Do whatever you can to be there! One Sensational moment after the next. The show was magic.

Theatre People

The perfect tribute to Stephen Schwartz's art.

Daily Review

So much more than a concert!

Broadway World



A little slice of musical theatre heaven. Pure bliss.

Jo Litson