ANDREW LIPPA's hit song Evil Like Me appears in Disney's Descendants. Written for Kristin Chenoweth the film's soundtrack hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, is currently #1 on the iTunes and Billboard soundtrack charts, and has been viewed over 9 million times on YouTube. He wrote the music and lyrics for Big Fish, book by John August, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, which played the Neil Simon Theater on Broadway. His epic oratorio for men's chorus, orchestra and soloists, I Am Harvey Milk (words and music), was premiered by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and the recording, released in October, 2013, reached number 2 on the iTunes Classical Chart. I Am Harvey Milk was presented at Los Angeles' Disney Hall in July, 2014 and in New York City at Lincoln Center in October, 2014 starring Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk. It has had over 20 productions across the USA.
He wrote he Tony-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical The Addams Family, book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), which opened in April of 2010 and starred Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth and has since been seen in over 1,000 productions worldwide. Mr. Lippa wrote the music for the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin's play (The Social Network, A Few Good Men) The Farnsworth Invention directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys). Asphalt Beach (music and lyrics) was premiered at Northwestern University by the American Music Theatre Project in October, 2006. The Wild Party (book/music/lyrics) was given its world premiere in 2000 at the Manhattan Theater Club in New York City. The Wild Party won the Outer Critics Circle Award for best Off-Broadway musical of the season and Mr. Lippa won the 2000 Drama Desk Award for best music. 2004 saw the premiere of A Little Princess (book and lyrics by Brian Crawley) at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA. In 1999 he 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 premiered in New York City in 1995 at The Lamb's Theater and had a successful revival presented by The Keen Company in 2015 starring Kate Baldwin.
Mr. Lippa is proud to have been music director for Kristin Chenoweth since 1999 for many of her greatest concerts. He conducted/played her sold-out shows at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC in 2007, at Carnegie Hall in 2004, and at the Donmar Warehouse in London in 2002. He has conducted the San Francisco, Chicago, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras for Ms.. Chenoweth, among others. Additionally, he is an accomplished singer having been heard in many venues in New York and, in 2005, as a guest artist at the Adelaide Cabaret Convention in Adelaide, Australia.Recordings include Julia Murney's CD I'm Not Waiting (producer, 3 songs), The Addams Family (Decca Broadway), Big Fish (Broadway Records), The Wild Party (RCA Victor) which he also produced, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (RCA Victor) which earned him a Grammy Award nomination, The Addams Family (Decca Broadway), A Little Princess (Sh-k-boom), and John & Jen (Broadway Records). Jazz phenom Peter Cincotti recorded the song Raise The Roof on his CD titled On The Moon (Phil Ramone, producer). In addition, Mr. Lippa produced the original cast recording of Bat Boy for RCA Victor and his singing voice can be heard on The Sondheim Album on Fynsworth Alley and If I Sing on PS Classics. Vocal selections from The Addams Family, Big Fish, A Little Princess, The Wild Party and John & Jen are published by Hal Leonard. Hal Leonard also released The Andrew Lippa Song Book in Winter, 2013.
Awards include a Tony and Grammy nomination, sharing in an Emmy for the Nickelodeon TV series The Wonder Pets, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, ASCAP's Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award, The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle and second place for the Alice B. Deucey Award for all-around outstanding fifth-grader (lost to Cynthia Fink). Memberships include ASCAP, Actor's Equity and the American Federation of Musicians. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Lippa serves as president of The Dramatists Guild Fund. He was born in Leeds, England but grew up in suburban Detroit. www.andrewlippa.com