The great Cole Porter, master of both music and lyrics, once snidely remarked about Rodgers and Hammerstein, “Since when does it take two people to write a song?” Stephen Schwartz might agree — after all, he's written both the music and lyrics to umpteen Broadway and screen hits. This weekend, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles closes out its season with a tribute to Schwartz, who appears in person with Emmy Award winner Liz Callahan as guest vocalist. Not Entirely Wicked packs punch after punch of memorable songs from Broadway musicals Wicked, The Baker's Wife, Children of Eden, Pippin, The Magic Show and Godspell and movies Enchanted, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt. As a special treat, Schwartz will perform several numbers and will accompany the chorus in the L.A. premiere of his new choral work, Testimony, which is about the difficult journey gay teens face as they come to terms with their sexuality. It is, says guest conductor Timothy Seelig of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Schwartz's “most revealing and emotional piece to date,” so come prepared with Kleenex. Saban Theater, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Sat., June 22, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 23, 3 p.m.; $15-$75; $125 VIP tickets (includes reception with Schwartz).

Sat., June 22, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 23, 3 p.m., 2013

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