On December 11th, composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa was joined on stage by Julia Murney, Ana Gasteyer, Megan McGinnis and Carly Jibson for an evening of song including new tunes from "Asphalt Beach" at the Metropolitan Room. The evening was produced by Jayson Raitt.
Asphalt Beach tells the story of what happens to the girls at Our Lady of Suppressed Desire Academy for Rambunctious Young Girls - a Catholic reformatory school in Asphalt Beach, New Jersey.
Andrew Lippa wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Wild Party (Manhattan Theater Club) which won the 2000 Outer Critics Circle Award for best Off-Broadway musical of the season and the 2000 Drama Desk Award for best music. 2004 saw the premiere of Lippa's A Little Princess (book and lyrics by Brian Crawley) at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA. In 1999 Lippa 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 played in New York City in 1995 at The Lamb's Theater. His awards include a Grammy nomination, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award and ASCAP's Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award. In addition to Asphalt Beach, Lippa is currently writing the scores (music and lyrics) for Disney Theatrical Productions' The Man in the Ceiling (book by original book author Jules Feiffer) and Jerry Christmas (book by Daniel Goldfarb). Lippa is a graduate of the University of Michigan. For more information, visit www.andrewlippa.com.
Composer and lyricist, Andrew Lippa
BWW Hi-Res Gallery - Original Version
Ana Gasteyer belts one out of the park!
Andrew Lippa flanked by Carly Jibson, Ana Gasteyer,
Julia Murney and Megan McGinnis
Sh-K-Boom President, Kurt Deutsch (far left) and President of Disney
Theatrical Productions, Thomas Schumacher (far right) joined by friends
at the concert.
Composer and Lyricists Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary -
currently hard at work on the musical version of
"Second Hand Lions" with book by Rupert Holmes.
Jayson Raitt (Producer) and Musical Director, Stephen Oremus