Andrew Lippa to Host NAMT Songwriters Showcase, 10/28 at New World Stages


The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) announced today that NAMT alum and Broadway composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa will host a Songwriters Showcase as part of the 23rd Annual Festival of New Musicals on Friday, October 28 from 1:30-2:30pm at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street).

Currently represented on Broadway and on National Tour with The Addams Family, Lippa's Jerry Christmas and A Little Princess were presented in 2005 and 2006 respectively at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals. A studio recording of A Little Princess is now available on Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom Records.

This year's Showcase will highlight shows that have received development support through NAMT's National Fund for New Musicals, now in its third year. The Showcase will feature songs from the new musicals Blood Magic by Ian Williams and Aaron Jafferis; February House by Gabriel Kahane and Seth Bockley; Love Kills by Kyle Jarrow; Next Thing You Know by Joshua Salzman and Ryan Cunningham; Post Office by Melissa James Gibson and Michael Friedman; Saint Ex by Jenny Geiring and Sean Barry; and Snow by Sean Hartley. Grants were awarded to NAMT members The Old Globe, The Public Theater, Lark Play Development, CAP21, Center Theatre Group, The Weston Playhouse Theatre Co., and The Spirit of Broadway Theatre, respectively, for their work on the musicals being presented this year.

Ryan Cunningham, Jenny Geiring, Sean Hartley, Aaron Jafferis, Kyle Jarrow, Joshua Saltzman, and Ian Williams are NAMT alums whose works have been part of the Festival of New Musicals.

Andrew Lippa received a 2010 Tony nomination for Best Original Score and 2010 Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics for The Addams Family. New York theatre credits include The Wild Party (Manhattan Theatre Club); the score for Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention (Broadway); new songs for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Broadway); john & jen (co-written with Tom Greenwald). Recordings: The Wild Party, john & jen, ...Charlie Brown, Julia Murney's I'm Not Waiting, Bat Boy (Producer) and the recently released A Little Princess (co-written with Brian Crawley). Awards: 2000 Grammy nomination; winner of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, ASCAP/Richard Rodgers and Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Awards. As Kristin Chenoweth's music director: Chicago, St. Louis and San Francisco symphonies; Carnegie Hall; the Metropolitan Opera House, among others. Next up: music/lyrics for Jules Feiffer's The Man in the Ceiling (Disney Theatrical). Andrew is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music.

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