Andrew Lippa

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Andrew Lippa


Andrew Lippa (b. 22 December 1964, Leeds, England) is an American composer, lyricist, book writer, performer, and producer.

Lippa emigrated to the U.S. in October 1967 and grew up in Oak Park, Michigan. While at the University of Michigan, Lippa studied vocal performance but eventually transferred into music education and received his bachelor's degree in music education. After graduating from Michigan, Lippa moved to New York City in 1987 and became a middle school music teacher at Columbia Grammar and Prep School (CGPS) on the Upper West Side.

In 1988 Lippa was accepted into the celebrated BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop as a composer. There he met his future collaborator Tom Greenwald (John & Jen). He later pursued a career in musical composition.

Lippa began his professional theatrical career at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut in 1992. In 2006, the musical Asphalt Beach, with music and lyrics by Lippa and the book by T. C. Smith and Peter Spears, premiered at the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University. Stuart Oken produced that show and then asked Lippa to write the music and lyrics for The Addams Family. Lippa was honored with a Tony nomination (Best Original Score) and two Drama Desk nominations for his work on The Addams Family (book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice).

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