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James Lapine

 
Bio:
Lapine is an American stage director, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist. He has won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical three times, for Into the Woods, Falsettos, and Passion. He has frequently collaborated with Stephen Sondheim and William Finn. (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Lapine is an American stage director, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist. He has won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical three times, for Into the Woods, Falsettos, and Passion. He has frequently collaborated with Stephen Sondheim and William Finn. (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2021]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2019]
Director
 
[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2017]
Director
Writer
 
[Broadway, 2016]
Director
 
[New York, 2015]
Co-Librettist, Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Book
 
[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2014]
Book
 
[Broadway, 2014]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2013]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2012]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2012]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2010]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2007]
Director
 
[Boston, 2006]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2006]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Director
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[West End, 2004]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Director
 
[Los Angeles, 2002]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2000]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2000]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1998]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1994]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1994]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1992]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1990]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1989]
Director
 
[US Tour, 1988]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 1986]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 1985]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1984]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1983]
Director
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1982]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1980]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1979]
Director
 
[Chicago, 2006]
Director

Writing

Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Bookwriter
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Book
Author
Conceived by
Adapter
Playwright
Conceiver
Conceiver
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter

Photos

Sarah Kernochan, James Lapine, Phoebe Lapine and Charlie Moffett Photo

Sarah Kernochan, James Lapine, Phoebe Lapine and Charlie Moffett

From: 
Date:
05/05/2022
Sarah Kernochan, James Lapine, Phoebe Lapine and Charlie Moffett Photo

Sarah Kernochan, James Lapine, Phoebe Lapine and Charlie Moffett

From: 
Date:
05/05/2022

 

Stage

Productions

[Broadway, 2021]
Director

[US Tour, 2019]
Director

[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2017]
Director

Writer

[Broadway, 2016]
Director

[New York, 2015]
Co-Librettist, Director

[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Book

[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2014]
Book

[Broadway, 2014]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2013]
Director

[Broadway, 2012]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2012]
Director

[Broadway, 2010]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2007]
Director

[Boston, 2006]
Director

[US Tour, 2006]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Director

[Broadway, 2005]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Director

Director

[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director

[Broadway, 2004]
Director

[West End, 2004]
Director

[Broadway, 2002]
Director

[Broadway, 2002]
Director

[Los Angeles, 2002]
Director

[Broadway, 2000]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2000]
Director

[Broadway, 1998]
Director

[Broadway, 1997]
Director

[Broadway, 1997]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Director

[Broadway, 1994]
Director

[Broadway, 1994]
Director

[Broadway, 1992]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1990]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1989]
Director

[US Tour, 1988]
Director

[Broadway, 1987]
Director

[San Diego, CA (Regional), 1986]
Director

[Regional (US), 1985]
Director

[Broadway, 1984]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1983]
Director

Director

[Off-Broadway, 1982]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1980]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1979]
Director

[Chicago, 2006]
Director

Writing
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Bookwriter
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Book
Author
Conceived by
Adapter
Playwright
Conceiver
Conceiver
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter

James Lapine Biography

Lapine is an American stage director, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist. He has won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical three times, for Into the Woods, Falsettos, and Passion. He has frequently collaborated with Stephen Sondheim and William Finn.

James Lapine Awards and Nominations

 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2014 - Best Play Gold Star
James Lapine, Act One
 
Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Play
James Lapine, Act One
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Director of a Musical Gold Star
James Lapine, The 25sup>th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee
 
The Lortels - 2005 - Outstanding Director
James Lapine, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Direction of a Musical
James Lapine, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
James Lapine, Amour
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
James Lapine , Into the Woods
 
Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Direction of a Musical
James Lapine, Into the Woods
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Director - Play Gold Star
James Lapine, Dirty Blonde
 
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Direction of a Play
James Lapine, Dirty Blonde
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1994 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
James Lapine, Passion
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1994 - Outstanding Director - Musical
James Lapine, Passion
 
Tony Awards - 1994 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
James Lapine, Passion
 
Tony Awards - 1994 - Best Direction of a Musical
James Lapine , Passion
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
James Lapine, Falsettos
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Direction of a Musical
James Lapine, Falsettos
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Book of a Musical Gold Star
James Lapine, Into the Woods
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Director - Musical
James Lapine, Into the Woods
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1988 - Best Musical Gold Star
James Lapine, Into the Woods
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
James Lapine, Into the Woods
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Direction of a Musical
James Lapine, Into the Woods
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Outstanding Book of a Musical Gold Star
James Lapine, Sunday in the Park with George
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Outstanding Director of a Musical Gold Star
James Lapine, Sunday in the Park with George
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1984 - Best Musical Gold Star
James Lapine, Sunday in the Park with George
 
Tony Awards - 1984 - Best Book of a Musical
James Lapine, Sunday in the Park with George
 
Tony Awards - 1984 - Best Direction of a Musical
James Lapine , Sunday in the Park with George

James Lapine News

Meet the Nominee: Tom Kitt Photo Meet the Nominee: Tom Kitt
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 18, 2022

The countdown to the Tony Awards has a officially begun! On June 12, the brightest stars of the 2021-22 season will shine even brighter as they gather at the iconic Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Broadway's biggest night. Leading up to the 75th Annual Tony Awards, BroadwayWorld is getting up close and personal with the nominees. Today we're studying up on Tom Kitt!

BWW Review: Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS is Wowing Audiences at Palm Canyon Theatre. Photo BWW Review: Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS is Wowing Audiences at Palm Canyon Theatre.
by Audrey Liebross - May 17, 2022

Palm Canyon Theatre (PCT) deserves kudos for the fine singing, acting, dancing, and technical achievements in its production of Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS - the audience was highly enthusiastic the night I attended, for good reason. The show will play through Sunday, May 22, 2022.

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Comes to Aspire Community Theatre This Year Photo SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Comes to Aspire Community Theatre This Year
by Stephi Wild - May 17, 2022

Inspired by the painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's stunning masterpiece, merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. Georges Seurat is struggling to make meaningful art and maintain a relationship with his lover, Dot. Amid the scorn of the artistic community, Seurat's artistic ability thrives while his love diminishes.

Arden Theatre Company Announces New Production of Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS Photo Arden Theatre Company Announces New Production of Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS
by Stephi Wild - May 16, 2022

The Arden Theatre Company's long-time affiliation with the works of Stephen Sondheim continues this summer as the company prepares a new production of his well-known musical INTO THE WOODS. Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, the show - which explores the journey to the fairy tales' happy ending and the responsibilities that come with happily ever after-will play the F. Otto Haas Stage from June 2 through July 3, 2022.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale:  Giants Can Be Good in Into The Woods & Artist and Subje Photo Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Giants Can Be Good in Into The Woods & Artist and Subject Fight For Control of the Narrative in Shooting Celebrities
by Michael Dale - May 15, 2022

Three plays where what seems like the truth might be a subjective point of view.

Los Altos Stage Company Announces 2022-23 Season Photo Los Altos Stage Company Announces 2022-23 Season
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2022

Los Altos Stage Company has announced its 2022-2023 (28th) Season of plays and musicals, continuing its tradition of presenting bold, entertaining, and thought-provoking theatre.

BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Creative Cauldron Photo BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Creative Cauldron
by Hannah Wing - May 9, 2022

Creative Cauldron’s production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, directed by Matt Conner with music direction by Elisa Rosman, concocts a magical musical within the constraints of a small theatre space. 

FAT HAM Wins 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Photo FAT HAM Wins 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
by Team BWW - May 9, 2022

The Pulitzer Prize Board has just announced that Fat Ham has won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other finalists included: Selling Kabul, and Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord.

2022 Tony Awards Nominations- Live Reactions from Hugh Jackman, Jared Grimes, Patti L Photo 2022 Tony Awards Nominations- Live Reactions from Hugh Jackman, Jared Grimes, Patti LuPone, Sharon D Clarke & More!
by Team BWW - May 9, 2022

Tonys time is here at least! The nominations for the 75th Annual Tony Awards were announced this morning by Adrienne Warren and Joshua Henry. This year's nominees are checking in with BroadwayWorld to tell us all about how they got the news. Check back for live updates!

VIDEO: Who Will Win the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama? Live at 3pm! Photo VIDEO: Who Will Win the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama? Live at 3pm!
by Nicole Rosky - May 9, 2022

The Pulitzer Prize Board today will present the 2022 award winners for Prizes in Journalism, Books, Drama and Music. Who will win this year? Tune in right here at 3pm to watch the announcement live!

James Lapine Videos

Meet the Nominee: Tom Kitt VideoMeet the Nominee: Tom Kitt
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 18, 2022

The countdown to the Tony Awards has a officially begun! On June 12, the brightest stars of the 2021-22 season will shine even brighter as they gather at the iconic Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Broadway's biggest night. Leading up to the 75th Annual Tony Awards, BroadwayWorld is getting up close and personal with the nominees. Today we're studying up on Tom Kitt!

VIDEO: First Look At Arkansas Repertory Theatre for INTO THE WOODS With Hillary Clint VideoVIDEO: First Look At Arkansas Repertory Theatre for INTO THE WOODS With Hillary Clinton As The Giant
by Stage Tube - Apr 22, 2022

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into The Woods, running now through May 15.

The 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season VideoThe 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 11, 2022

The 5th Avenue Theatre¬†announced its¬†2022/23 Season. The 2022/23 Season features a dynamic lineup of musical theater magic that includes a world premiere, a co-production with ACT ‚Äď A Contemporary Theatre, and fresh takes on musical theater favorites that investigate the complicated, often messy, but always sublimely beautiful truths of living.

VIDEO: Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, and James Lapine Discuss SUNDAY IN THE PARK VideoVIDEO: Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, and James Lapine Discuss SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE on CBS SUNDAY MORNING
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 20, 2022

This morning, Broadway legends Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, and James Lapine stopped by CBS Sunday Morning to discuss their work on the Sondheim musical, Sunday in the Park with George. The musical was inspired by George Seurat's 1886 pointilist painting, 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.' The group visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to inspect a smaller study by Seurat of the same piece. Lapine discusses visiting Sondheim with a postcard image of the painting and how they went about dissecting the artwork for their Broadway classic. 

VIDEO: See Carmen Cusack, Harry Hadden-Paton, Tony Yazbeck & More in FLYING OVER SUNS VideoVIDEO: See Carmen Cusack, Harry Hadden-Paton, Tony Yazbeck & More in FLYING OVER SUNSET
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 10, 2021

Set in the 1950’s, FLYING OVER SUNSET is a work of fiction inspired by the lives of three extraordinary and accomplished people - writer Aldous Huxley (played by Harry Hadden-Paton); playwright, diplomat, and congresswoman, Clare Boothe Luce (Carmen Cusack); and film legend Cary Grant (Tony Yazbeck) - each of whom in real life experimented with the drug LSD.

VIDEO: Jose Llana Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now! VideoVIDEO: Jose Llana Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Dec 3, 2021

Watch as Richard Ridge chats with Broadway favorite Jose Llana, who will soon join Seth Rudetsky for Seth's Concert Series, airing Sunday, December 5 at 8pm ET.

VIDEO: Jose Llana Sings from COMPANY in Rehearsal for The Seth Concert Series VideoVIDEO: Jose Llana Sings from COMPANY in Rehearsal for The Seth Concert Series
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 2, 2021

Jose Llana is the next guest on The Seth Concert Series with Seth Rudetsky! Watch him perform 'Being Alive' from Company in rehearsal for this weekend's concert.

VIDEO: FLYING OVER SUNSET Begins Rehearsals; Check Out All New Clips From the Show! VideoVIDEO: FLYING OVER SUNSET Begins Rehearsals; Check Out All New Clips From the Show!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 20, 2021

Rehearsals begin today, Tuesday, October 19, for the return of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of the new musical FLYING OVER SUNSET. Check out all new clips from the show featuring Carmen Cusack, Kanisha Marie Feliciano, Harry Hadden-Paton, Nehal Joshi, Emily Pynenburg, Michele Ragusa, Robert Sella, Laura Shoop, Atticus Ware, and Tony Yazbeck!

VIDEO: Andrew Rannells on Working With Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman on THE PROM on  VideoVIDEO: Andrew Rannells on Working With Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman on THE PROM on THE LATE LATE SHOW
by Stage Tube - Dec 11, 2020

Last night, Andrew Rannells was a guest on The Late Late Show, with his costar in The Prom, James Corden.

VIDEO: Andrew Rannells Talks About Staying Cool Around Meryl Streep on the Set of THE VideoVIDEO: Andrew Rannells Talks About Staying Cool Around Meryl Streep on the Set of THE PROM on CONAN
by Stage Tube - Dec 10, 2020

Andrew had a lot of very direct questions about 'She-Devil' and 'Death Becomes Her' for his 'The Prom' co-star.


James Lapine Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has James Lapine written?
James Lapine has written 18 shows including Table Settings (Playwright), Sunday in the Park with George (Bookwriter), Into the Woods (Bookwriter), Falsettoland (Bookwriter), Falsettos (Bookwriter), Passion (Bookwriter), Luck, Pluck, and Virtue (Bookwriter), Twelve Dreams (Playwright), A New Brain (Bookwriter), The Moment When (Playwright), Dirty Blonde (Conceiver), Fran's Bed (Playwright), Sondheim on Sondheim (Conceiver), Act One (Adapter), Little Miss Sunshine (Playwright), Barbara Cook: Then and Now (Conceived by), Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing (Author), Flying Over Sunset (Book).

What awards has James Lapine been nominated for?
Best Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Act One , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Act One , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The 25sup>th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee , Outstanding Director (The Lortels) for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Amour , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Into the Woods , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Into the Woods , Outstanding Director - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Dirty Blonde , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Dirty Blonde , Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Passion , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Passion , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Passion , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Passion , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Falsettos , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Falsettos , Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Into the Woods , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Into the Woods , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Into the Woods , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Into the Woods , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Into the Woods , Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Sunday in the Park with George , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Sunday in the Park with George , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Sunday in the Park with George Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sunday in the Park with George and Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sunday in the Park with George .

What awards has James Lapine won?
Best Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Act One, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The 25sup>th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee, Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Amour, Outstanding Director - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Dirty Blonde, Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Passion, Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Falsettos, Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Into the Woods, Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Into the Woods, Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Into the Woods, Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Sunday in the Park with George Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Sunday in the Park with Georgeand Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Sunday in the Park with George.