ANDREW LIPPA’s new hit song “Evil Like Me” appears in Disney’s “Descendants”. Written for Kristin Chenoweth the soundtrack hit #1 on the “Billboard 200” album chart, #1 on the iTunes and Billboard soundtrack charts, and has been viewed over 50 million times on YouTube. Recently, Andrew composed and conducted a world premiere piece for the international piano virtuoso Lang Lang and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in Guangzhou, China. This new work, a 32-minute, 5-movement piece called “Rising Tide”, will be reprised later in 2016 and recorded in China. Lippa’s epic Concept Opera “I am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk” had its world premiere at The Music Center at Strathmore in April of this year starring Kristin Chenoweth as Anne Hutchinson and Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk. Next summer, Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY, will be present the world premiere of “The Man In The Ceiling”. Based on Jules Feiffer’s award-winning novel this musical features a book by Mr. Feiffer and music and lyrics by Mr. Lippa. Directed by Jeffrey Seller (Tony-winning producer of “Hamilton”) Mr. Lippa will play the role of Uncle Lester in this production.
Broadway credits include: Music and lyrics for “Big Fish” directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; Tony-nominated music and lyrics “The Addams Family” (over 1,000 productions worldwide); music for Aaron Sorkin’s play “The Farnsworth Invention” directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys). In 1999 he contributed three new songs to the Broadway revival “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” (including “My New Philosophy” for Tony-Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth) and created all new arrangements. Off Broadway credits include: “The Wild Party” (book/music/lyrics) which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical and Drama Desk Award for best music; “John & Jen” music and co-wrote book (w/ Tom Greenwald). His epic oratorio for men’s chorus, orchestra and soloists, “I Am Harvey Milk” has seen over 20 productions including Disney Hall and Lincoln Center. His musical “A Little Princess” (written with Brian Crawley) premiered at Theatreworks, was seen in concert at Texas State University in 2011, and is licensed for worldwide production by Music Theater International (MTI).
Mr. Lippa is proud to have been music director for many concerts for Kristin Chenoweth including the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall. Recordings include Julia Murney’s CD I’m Not Waiting; The Addams Family (Decca Broadway and Spanish and German productions); Big Fish (Broadway Records); The Wild Party (RCA Victor); You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (RCA Victor) which earned him a Grammy Award nomination; A Little Princess (Ghostlight); and John & Jen (2 different recordings: Ghostlight and Broadway Records), I Am Harvey Milk. Mr. Lippa also produced the original cast recording of “Bat Boy” (RCA Victor).
Awards: Tony and Grammy nominations; shared Emmy for Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets”; The Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award; ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award; The Drama Desk Award; The Outer Critics Circle Award. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Lippa serves as president of The Dramatists Guild Fund. He was born in Leeds, England and grew up in suburban Detroit.