VIDEO: Robert Lopez Chats Debut of Newest Show '1001 NIGHTS'
Book of Mormon composer Robert Lopez, who recently became an EGOT recipient when he picked up an Oscar for Frozen's hit song 'Let It Go', appeared on Atlanta's '11Alive' with host Melissa Long today to talk about his new show, "1001 Nights: A Love Story about Loving Stories."
"I always wanted to write musical theater songs," says the Avenue Q composer about the early days of his career. "My goal was to just to do something in New York that wasn't for free, to put on a show that paid me a little money. And '1001 Nights' did that - it was the first thing I ever got paid to do!"
Check out the interview in full below!
About 1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories:
Audiences will be swept off to fantastical faraway places this spring when "1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories" hits the stage at the Center for Puppetry Arts for a limited two week engagement, now through April 6. Broadway musical powerhouse Robert Lopez, innovative New York company The Flying Carpet and puppetry experts Center for Puppetry Arts, join forces as a "dream team" to create the ultimate "family puppet musical."
In this celebration of brainy imagination over brawn, a princess uses her wits to save a kingdom from an evil decree as she spins tale after tale for a narrow-minded king. Featuring genies, jesters, 40 thieves and other captivating characters, the princess's cliffhanger stories keep the king-and audiences-on the edge of their seats. This playful adaptation of the "Arabian Nights" fairy tales is recommended for ages six and up.
"1001 Nights" was first conceived in 1998 by Tony winner and Academy Award winner Robert Lopez ("Avenue Q," "The Book of Mormon," "Frozen") and Adam Koplan, artistic director of Flying Carpet Theatre Company. This newly reimagined production features early songs by Lopez and is co-directed by Koplan and Jon Ludwig, artistic director of the Center for Puppetry Arts. All the puppets were designed by the Center's resident puppet builder Jason von Hinezmeyer and built by the talented crew in the Center's puppet building shop. "1001 Nights" is an inspired combination of Lopez's catchy tunes, Flying Carpet's inventive staging and the Center's internationally recognized puppetry expertise.