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David Zippel is a lyricist and director. His lyrics have won him the Tony Award, two Academy Award nominations, two Grammy Award nominations, and three Golden Globe Award nominations. His songs appear on over twenty-five million CDs around the world, and have been recorded by many great singers including Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Mel Torme, Ricky Martin, Cleo Laine, Barbara Cook and Nancy LaMott.

He made his Broadway debut with CITY OF ANGELS (music by Cy Coleman, book by Larry Gelbart), for which he received the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award and (in London) the Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award. In 2015 City of Angels won the Olivier Award for Best Revival. He wrote the lyrics to the Broadway musical THE GOODBYE GIRL (music Marvin Hamlisch, book Neil Simon) for which he received an Outer Critics Circle nomination and which garnered a Tony nomination for Best Musical. With eight-time Oscar winning composer Alan Menken, he wrote the songs for Disney’s feature film Hercules. Michael Bolton recorded Go the Distance from that score, which was a #1 record and nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe. With Matthew Wilder, he wrote the songs for Disney’s animated feature Mulan, which earned him his second Academy Award nomination. “Reflection,” from MULAN, was recorded by Christina Aguilera and is featured on her multi-platinum debut album. Christina and David collaborated again with Todd Chapman to write the song “We’re A Miracle,” which was featured as the end title song for Pokemon: The First Movie, and on its #1 soundtrack album. With Mervyn Warren he wrote the end title for the Jennifer Lopez movie The Wedding Planner. His lyrics for The Swan Princess, an animated feature with music by Lex De Azevedo, were nominated for a Golden Globe Award. With composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, he wrote the songs for the London and Broadway musical THE WOMAN IN WHITE. With Alan Menken, David wrote the acclaimed USO sequence, Star Spangled Man With a Plan for Captain America.

With Liza Minnelli, David wrote the script for Liza’s at The Palace, which won a 2010 Tony Award for Best Special Entertainment. The show was recorded for PBS after a run in Las Vegas.

David’s credits as a director include: Princesses at The NAMT Festival, Goodspeed Musicals and The Fifth Avenue Theater in Seattle, The Best Is Yet To Come: The Music of Cy Coleman at The Rubicon Theater for which he won a 2010 Indy Award for his direction and Off Broadway at 59E59TH Theaters which won the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Best Musical Revue, Elaine Paige in concert at The American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center and The Goodbye Girl at The Marriott Lincolnshire Theater. In 2013 he conceived and directed They’re Playing His Songs: The Music of Marvin Hamlisch.

He is currently a producer of Gerard Alessandrini’s hit off Broadway spoof SPAMILTON.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, David is delighted not to practice law.

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Stephanie J. Block's Debut Holiday Album MERRY CHRISTMAS, DARLING Out Now

Celebrate the holiday season with Stephanie J. Block's debut album 'Merry Christmas, Darling.' Don't miss out on this must-have addition to your holiday music collection.

Exclusive: Stephanie J. Block Sings 'Manhattan in December' From Forthcoming Christmas Album

An all new track has been released from Merry Christmas, Darling, the debut holiday album from Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block, which will be released by Club44 Records tomorrow, Friday, November 3. Check out the song 'Manhattan in December' from the forthcoming album!

VIDEO: Benét Monteiro To Play Title Role in Hamburg's HERCULES; Performs 'Go The Distance'

Casting for the title role in the new Disney musical HERCULES in Hamburg was announced at an event open to the press yesterday. Benét Monteiro will take on the role of Hercules, and his single version of Go The Distance will also be released on all streaming platforms on Friday. Watch the music video for the track exclusively below.

How Many Shows Have Premiered After the Writer Has Passed Away? 

This time, the reader question was: After seeing Here We Are, I’m wondering: have other shows premiered soon after one of the writers has passed away? 

Meet the Cast of HARMONY, Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight!

Harmony officially begins previews on Broadway tonight, October 18. Meet the cast of Harmony here!

Review: Jeff Harnar's A COLLECTIVE CY and THOSE GIRLS SING BROADWAY (Birdland, Don't Tell Mama)

They're swell and just a couple of the acts that you can catch up with at the Cabaret Convention concerts that are around the corner.

Listen: Stephanie J. Block Will Release Holiday Album; First Track Available Now!

Christmas is coming, and so is a special treat for fans of Stephanie J. Block this holiday season! The Tony Award-winning Broadway star will release her debut holiday album, Merry Christmas, Darling, on November 3 on CD and in digital and streaming platforms. Listen to the first track now!

Stephanie J. Block to Release Debut Holiday Album MERRY CHRISTMAS, DARLING

Stephanie J. Block's debut holiday album will feature both secular and sacred seasonal classics, including a new song written for her by Club44 co-founder Wayne Haun and Tony-winning lyricist David Zippel – will be released on November 3, 2023.

Gerard Alessandrini's Hit New Musical FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: THE NEXT GENERATION To Play Universal Preservation Hall, October 5

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation, Gerard Alessandrini's hilarious musical spoof of Broadway's biggest shows and brightest stars, comes to Universal Preservation Hall on October 5. Don't miss this Tony Award-winning hit!

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld September 14th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is September 14, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Listen: Hear the ROGERS: THE MUSICAL Cast Album

The 12-track album will feature fan-favorite songs “Save The City” from the Disney+ series “Hawkeye” (written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman) and “Star Spangled Man” from the film “Captain America: The First Avenger” (written by Alan Menken and David Zippel). Find out what other songs will be included now!

Listen: A COLLECTIVE CY: JEFF HARNAR SINGS CY COLEMAN Out Now

Discover the latest album release from JEFF HARNAR, 'CY COLEMAN.' Immerse yourself in the timeless melodies and unforgettable performances of this must-listen project. Get your copy today and experience the magic of CY COLEMAN's music brought to life by JEFF HARNAR and his extraordinary musical guests.

A LITTLE BROAD Starring Gloria Bangiola is Coming to Don't Tell Mama

Join Gloria Bangiola for a zany and heartfelt cabaret show, A Little Broad, at Don't Tell Mama on October 17th and 18th. Don't miss this fun and heartfelt exploration of the multitudes we all contain.

A LITTLE BROAD Starring Gloria Bangiola Comes to Don't Tell Mama in October

Don’t Tell Mama will present A LITTLE BROAD STARRING GLORIA BANGIOLA on October 17th and 18th at 7 pm (doors open at 6:15). There is a $20 cover charge ($15 for MAC members) and a $20 minimum (must include 2 drinks) per person. A food menu is also available.

Jeff Harnar's New Cy Coleman Album 'A COLLECTIVE CY' is Now Available for Pre-Order

PS CLASSICS, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American Popular Song, has announced that the new album from multi-award-winning concert artist JEFF HARNAR – A Collective Cy: Jeff Harnar Sings Cy Coleman – is now available for pre-order on iTunes.

Award-Winning Cabaret, Concert, and Recording Artist Jeff Harnar Comes To Feinstein's

To celebrate the release of A Collective Cy, the Feinstein's concert will feature highlights from Coleman's legendary musicals Sweet Charity (“My Personal Property,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now”), Seesaw (“My City,“ “I'm Way Ahead”), and City of Angels (“With Every Breath I Take”), plus little-known songs like “So Little Time” (cut from Barnum).

Jeff Harnar to Celebrate New Album 'A COLLECTIVE CY: JEFF HARNAR SINGS CY COLEMAN' with Concert Tour

PS CLASSICS, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American Popular Song, will present the new album from multi-award-winning concert artist JEFF HARNAR – A Collective Cy: Jeff Harnar Sings Cy Coleman – on CD and digital formats on Friday, September 8.

Video: Creative Team of ROGERS: THE MUSICAL on Bringing the Show to Disneyland

Watch as BroadwayWorld takes you behind the scenes of the new musical with the creative team as they talk about their inspiration for and how they created Rogers: The Musical!

Photos/Video: First Look at ROGERS: THE MUSICAL in Disneyland

Rogers: the Musical features a book by Hunter Bell ([title of show]). The show will also include “Save The City” from the Disney+ series “Hawkeye” (written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman) and “Star Spangled Man” from the film “Captain America: The First Avenger” (written by Alan Menken and David Zippel). Check out photos and video now!

Review: BROADWAY IN THE PARK at Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap and Signature Theatre’s yearly collaboration continued this past weekend with the third edition of Broadway in The Park. A concert that is meant to showcase some of our best and brightest talent while also featuring two headliners from Broadway. The event is always a good time and this year’s edition was no exception.

David Zippel FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

David Zippel has written 14 shows including A...My Name Is Alice (Material), Diamonds (Lyricist), Just So (Lyricist), Just So (Lyricist), Going Hollywood (Lyricist), Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre (Lyricist), City of Angels (Lyricist), Jelly's Last Jam (Lyricist), The Goodbye Girl (Lyricist), Princesses (Lyricist), The Woman in White (Lyricist), Barbara Cook's Broadway! (Lyricist), Pamela's First Musical (Lyricist), Bad Cinderella (Lyricist).

David Zippel has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Outstanding Lyrics at the Drama Desk Awards for his work on The Goodbye Girl. Additionally, he received a nomination for Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for City of Angels. Zippel was also nominated for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards for City of Angels. Lastly, he received another nomination for Outstanding Lyrics at the Drama Desk Awards for his contributions to City of Angels.

David Zippel has won several awards for his work in the Broadway show "City of Angels." He won the Best Musical award from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for "City of Angels." He also won the Tony Award for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for "City of Angels." Additionally, Zippel received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics for his work on "City of Angels."

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