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ANDREW LIPPA wrote the music and lyrics for Big Fish, book by John August, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, which recently played the Neil Simon Theater on Broadway. His oratorio, 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 will be seen at LA’s Disney Hall in July and in NYC this fall at a venue soon to be announced. 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. Mr. Lippa wrote the music for the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin’s (The Social Network, A Few Good Men) The Addams Familynew play The Farnsworth Invention directed by Des McAnuff. 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.

The Wild PartyMr. Lippa is proud to have been music director for Kristin Chenoweth since 1999 for many of her 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, A Little Princesshe 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 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 (Fynsworth Alley) which he associate produced. 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, 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.

john & jen / You're a Good Man, Charlie BrownAwards 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 on the council of The Dramatists Guild. He was born in Leeds, England but grew up in suburban Detroit.

Andrew Lippa Photos


[Washington, DC (Regional)]
World Premiere Production, 2016
Governor John Winthrop/Harvey Milk


Alternate for Ted Dykstra (Understudy)

Andrew Lippa Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Book, Music, and Lyrics
[Off-Broadway, 2015]
[Broadway, 2013]
Vocal Music Arranger
[Broadway, 2010]
Vocal Music Arranger
[Broadway, 2007]
[Broadway, 1999]
Music Arranger
Musical Supervisor
[Broadway, 1995]
Associate Conductor
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
[Off-Broadway, 1993]



Andrew Lippa Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Lyrics

Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family

Drama Desk Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Music

Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family

Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Lyric

Andrew Lippa, The Wild Party (Manhattan Theatre Club)

Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Music

Andrew Lippa, The Wild Party (Manhattan Theatre Club)

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Andrew Lippa News

Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

The Addams Family is the current production at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights and runs through October 8. The musical, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, is the first time the familiar characters created by Charles Addams appeared on stage.

Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL at The Firehouse Theatre

Make sure to catch this spirited seasonal offering while you can, since much like pumpkin spice there is a limited run. Firehouse’s The Addams Family delivers much heart and haunted humor for a ghoulish good time.

Jaxx Theatricals to Present Andrew Lippa's THE WILD PARTY in October

Jaxx Theatricals will present a limited engagement October run of Andrew Lippa's THE WILD PARTY and special 1920's Themed Magic Show leading up to Halloween. Experience the steamy prohibition tale with a pulse-racing score and high-energy dance numbers. Don't miss this Off-Broadway gem!

LaChanze, Teal Wicks, and More Will Perform at The Moon Theater Company's AMPLIFY 2023

Houses on The Moon Theater Company has announced the lineup of performers and special guests headlining their AMPLIFY 2023 Gala Celebration on Monday, October 2, 2023 at 6:30 PM. Learn more about the event here!

Australian Theatre Festival NYC To Honor Caroline O'Connor And Producer Neil Gooding At 2023 Gala

Get ready for the Australian Theatre Festival NYC 2023 Fundraising Gala, honoring Broadway and West-End icon Caroline O'Connor and Producer Neil Gooding. Join in for an evening of performances and celebrations, showcasing Australian stories and artists in NYC. Tickets and tables are still available for purchase.

Kristin Chenoweth & Josh Bryant Say 'I Do'! At Labor Day Weekend Wedding

Congratulations to Kristin Chenoweth and her new husband Josh Bryant, who celebrated their love in a pink wedding ceremony over Labor Day weekend.

Austin Gay Men's Chorus Presents IT'S ABOUT TIME!: An AGMC Benefit Event

The Austin Gay Men's Chorus will take the stage for It's About Time: An AGMC Benefit Event on Saturday, Sep. 23 at 8 p.m. at The Ground Floor Theater, 979 Springdale Rd. Tickets are available here. 

Bucks County Playhouse to Offer Charter Bus Trips From NYC For BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Starring Kate Baldwin

Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA is offering a special opportunity for New York City area theatre lovers to see its acclaimed production of “The Bridges of Madison County” starring Kate Baldwin (“Finnian's Rainbow,” “Hello, Dolly!') and Nicholas Rodriquez (“Tarzan,” “The Sound of Music” national tour) with a new, bus and theater package.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is The Inaugural Production Of Core Theatre Group, Hudson Valley's Newest Professional Theatre Company

The Hudson Valley's newest Professional Theatre Company, Core Theatre Group (CTG), founded by Broadway vets and Warwick locals Jessica McRoberts, Pat McRoberts, Paul Loesel and Chuck Ragsdale, announce their first production following company launch with inaugural cabaret fundraiser on Friday, July 14, 2023. 

Los Altos Stage Company to Present SIGNIFICANT OTHER in September; Youth Theatre Announces 23/24 Season

Los Altos Stage Company will present Significant Other as the first production of its 2023-2024 (29th) Season of plays and musicals, continuing its proud tradition of presenting bold, entertaining, and thought-provoking theatre.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Launches Critical Fundraising Campaign to Raise $3M

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, the nationally acclaimed theatre company founded in Palo Alto in 1970, has announced the devastating after-effects of the COVID pandemic have put its continuation at serious risk.

EDINBURGH 2023: Review: BIG FISH, Assembly Rooms, Music Hall

Big Fish is one of two shows presented by students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The musical is an adaptation of the 1998 Daniel Wallace novel and 2003 Tim Burton film of the same name. The screenwriter John August then worked with composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa to adapt the piece for the stage in 2012, with this version directed by Tom Cooper.

Review: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at The Belmont Theatre

What did our critic think of YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at The Belmont Theatre? A musical produced in a black box theater with only six cast members is an ambitious challenge for a community theater. With the up-close environment, every performer must be both a talented actor and accomplished vocalist. Although not without a few missteps, this hilarious production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at The Belmont Theatre showcases six remarkably talented performers.  

THE ADDAMS FAMILY Comes to Metropolis in September

Opening the 2023 – 2024 Season at Metropolis is the ghastly fun family comedy The Addams Family: The Musical. Former Interim Artistic Director and Stella Adler Studio of Acting Director of Musical Theatre Robbie Simpson directs this macabre musical hit. Featuring original choreography by Jeni Donahue and musical direction by Jeff Award-Nominated music director Aaron Kaplan. 

Previews: THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Curtain Call

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, but they’re totally irresistible. Especially when you will be seeing some of Stamford’s most talented young actors and rising professionals.

Casting Announced For TheatreWorks' 20th Anniversary NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has set the casting for its 20th Anniversary New Works Festival, a unique program that offers an extraordinary opportunity for audiences to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development.

Interview: Min Kahng of the 20TH ANNIVERSARY NEW WORKS FESTIVAL at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Uses Absurdity to Explore Humanity

BroadwayWorld talks to celebrated Bay Area playwright/composer Min Kahng about his rollicking new show 'Happy Pleasant Valley: A Senior Sex Scandal Murder Mystery Musical,' which is part of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 20th Anniversary New Works Festival at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto August 11th to 20th.

Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY Keeps it Spooky And Ooky At Broadway At Music Circus

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, and they need no introduction. Morticia, Gomez, and the gang are here in Sacramento to spice things up in The Addams Family musical. Since opening on Broadway in 2010, it’s become a favorite of audiences nationwide. Based on the cartoons of Charles Addams, The Addams Family is a new look at the ghoulish tribe that originally captured our hearts with the 1960s television series.

BIG FISH and EDGES Come to Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland

A Broadway musical bursting with heart and humour, based on a best-selling book and a Tim Burton film, and a contemporary coming-of-age song cycle about growth and self-discovery from Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Olivier Award-winning writers ... the stage is set for another unmissable Edinburgh Festival Fringe run from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS).

THE ADDAMS FAMILY Comes to Rubicon Theatre This Week

Rubicon Theatre will have the students of the organization’s Kids’ Musical Theatre Camp present the highly anticipated production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY Young@Part. Opening this Friday, July 28 and running through Sunday, July 30, this kooky, spooky and hilarious musical extravaganza, performed by students ages 12 to 14, promises to be a highlight of the summer.


Andrew Lippa has written 11 shows including You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Composer), john and jen (Composer), john & jen (Bookwriter), The Wild Party (Bookwriter), Chef's Theater: A Musical Feast (Songs), A Little Princess (Composer), Jerry Christmas (Composer/Lyricist), Asphalt Beach (Composer/Lyricist), The Addams Family (Composer), Big Fish (Composer), I Am Anne Hutchinson - I Am Harvey Milk (Words and Music).

Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Big Fish , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Addams Family , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for The Addams Family , Outstanding Lyric (Drama Desk Awards) for The Wild Party (Manhattan Theatre Club) Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for The Wild Party (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award (Richard Rodgers Award) .

Andrew Lippa has won several awards for his work in the Broadway show "The Wild Party" produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club. He received the Outstanding Lyric award at the Drama Desk Awards for his contributions to the show. Additionally, Lippa won the Outstanding Music award at the Drama Desk Awards for the same production. He was also honored with the Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, which is presented by the Richard Rodgers Award.

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