23 Facts About Andrew Lippa


Andrew Lippa is a resident artist at the Ars Nova Theater in New York City.

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Andrew Lippa emigrated to the United States in October 1967 and grew up in Oak Park, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

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Andrew Lippa attended Oak Park High School and later the University of Michigan, where he studied vocal performance but eventually transferred into music education and received his bachelor's degree in music education.

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Andrew Lippa was promoted his second year at CGPS to dean of 7th and 8th grade students – an assistant principal position – and held that post, in addition to teaching music, until June 1991.

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In 1988 Andrew Lippa was accepted into the celebrated BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop as a composer.

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Andrew Lippa began his professional theatrical career at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut.

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Andrew Lippa was hired in early 1992 to be the pianist for a production of It's a Bird.

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Andrew Lippa then stayed on for the remainder of the season in that capacity.

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Andrew Lippa then went on to write the book, music, and lyrics for The Wild Party.

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Andrew Lippa began work in 1996, and the Manhattan Theatre Club presented a reading of the first act later that year.

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In 1999, Andrew Lippa contributed three new songs to the Broadway version of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and created all new arrangements.

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Andrew Lippa produced the original cast recording and was honored with a Grammy Award nomination for his work on that recording.

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In 2001, Andrew Lippa joined Brian Crawley to create a musical adaptation of A Little Princess.

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Andrew Lippa was honored with a Tony Award nomination and two Drama Desk nominations for his work on The Addams Family.

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Andrew Lippa wrote the music and lyrics for Big Fish, a musical based on the 2003 film and the 1998 novel.

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In 1998, Andrew 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.

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Andrew Lippa has acted as Kristin Chenoweth's music director since 1999 and has conducted and played Chenoweth's concerts at the Metropolitan Opera House, the San Francisco Symphony, Carnegie Hall, and the Donmar Warehouse, among others.

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Andrew Lippa wrote the music to the "Intervention Song" for Chenoweth's funnyordie.

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Andrew Lippa wrote the music and lyrics for The Man in the Ceiling, a musical based on Jules Feiffer's children's book of the same name, with book by Feiffer.

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In 2012, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and several other gay men's choruses commissioned Andrew Lippa to write a musical tribute to the life and legacy of Harvey Milk.

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In November 2013, Andrew Lippa made his London debut with two concert performances at the St James Theatre, London.

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Life of the Party: A Celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa premiered at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in May 2014.

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Andrew Lippa married film marketing executive David Bloch in July 2008 in Los Angeles, California, shortly after that state's supreme court handed down a ruling permitting marriage of same-sex couples.

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