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Andrew Lippa

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Andrew Lippa is an American composer, lyricist, book writer, performer, and producer, and the resident artist at the Ars Nova Theater in New York City. He went to Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Michigan. He was born on December 22, 1964 in Leeds, England.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lippa began work in New York in 1987 as a middle school teacher and administrator at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. He then went on to a successful music career.

In 1998, Lippa was commissioned by the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver to create an anthem for a concert celebrating Israel’s 50th birthday, to be sung by 350 singers and conducted by Sergiu Comissiona of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

In 1999, Lippa contributed three new songs to the Broadway version of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (including “My New Philosophy” for Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth), and created all new arrangements. He wrote the music and co-wrote the book (with Tom Greenwald) for John & Jen, which played in New York City in 1995 at the Lamb’s Theater.

Lippa wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Wild Party, which was given its world premiere in 2000 at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City.

The Wild Party won the Outer Critics Circle Award for best Off-Broadway musical of the season and Lippa won the 2000 Drama Desk Award for best music. The show was nominated for 13 Drama Desk Awards including best new musical.

The summer of 2004 saw the premiere of Lippa’s A Little Princess (book and lyrics by Brian Crawley) at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California.

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  • Lentron

    Andrew Lippa is incredibly underrated in my opinion. I mean, The Wild Party is one of the best musicals that never hit broadway, but I love it more than most plays that did!

    9 Mar 4:15am Reply
  • paillus

    The Addams Family album is awesome ♥

    30 Jan 2012 Reply

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