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McGinnis Replaces Reinders in Lippa Concert, 12/11

Megan McGinnis, who can currently be seen on Broadway in Les Miserables, has replaced the previously announced Kate Reinders (Wicked) for composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa's evening "Andrew Lippa, Asphalt Beach and Assorted Divas" at the Metropolitan Room on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 9:30pm. Lippa's concert will feature him at the piano sharing new songs from new shows.   

The capper of the evening will be the unveiling of songs from Lippa's newest musical Asphalt Beach.  Joining him will be Ana Gasteyer (Wicked, Saturday Night Live), Carly Jibson (Hairspray), Megan McGinnis (Little Women, Les Miserables) and Julia Murney (Wicked, Lennon).  Asphalt Beach tells the story of what happens to the girls at Our Lady of Suppressed Desire Academy for Rambunctious Young Girls - a Catholic reformatory school in Asphalt Beach, New Jersey.   

Andrew Lippa wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Wild Party (Manhattan Theater Club) which won the 2000 Outer Critics Circle Award for best Off-Broadway musical of the season and the 2000 Drama Desk Award for best music. 2004 saw the premiere of Lippa's A Little Princess (book and lyrics by Brian Crawley) at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA. 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. His awards include a Grammy nomination, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award and ASCAP's Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award. In addition to Asphalt Beach, Lippa is currently writing the scores (music and lyrics) for Disney Theatrical Productions' The Man in the Ceiling (book by original book author Jules Feiffer) and Jerry Christmas (book by Daniel Goldfarb). Lippa is a graduate of the University of Michigan.  For more information, visit www.andrewlippa.com.

"Andrew Lippa, Asphalt Beach and Assorted Divas" is produced by Jayson Raitt. 

Cover is $25 plus a two-beverage minimum. Reservations can be made by calling (212) 206-0440. The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. 

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