This Week on Broadway for September 25, 2016: Andrew Lippa


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Matt Tamanini speak with Andrew Lippa. Michael Portantiere join in for our reviews, including ChipandGus @ Soho Playhouse, A Taste of Honey @ Pearl Theatre, Melissa Errico @ Feinstein’s 54 Below, and Miss Saigon (Filmed 25th anniversary production from the West End)


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Guest: Andrew Lippa

Andrew Lippa, President of the Dramatists Guild Fund

Andrew Lippa wrote the theatrical oratorio I Am Harvey Milk that received its New York premiere in October, 2014 at Lincoln Center with Kristin Chenoweth and Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk. Life of the Party, an evening celebrating 20 years of his work, premiered at London’s award-winning Menier Chocolate Factory this past summer. He also wrote the Drama Desk-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Big Fish, the Tony-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical The Addams Family as well as the music for Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway play The Farnsworth Invention. His new song “Evil Like Me,” from Disney’s Descendants, has been heard by over 25 million people around the world. Other musicals include the Drama Desk award-winning musical The Wild Party (book/music/lyrics); A Little Princess (music); john & jen (music/book); Asphalt Beach (music and lyrics); and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (additional music/lyrics and arrangements). He is currently working on a musical adaptation of Jules Feiffer’s book The Man In The Ceiling with Mr. Feiffer. Accolades include a Tony and Grammy nomination, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award, The Drama Desk and The Outer Critics Circle Award. Andrew Lippa serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild and is a graduate of The University of Michigan.

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PF: ChipandGus @ Soho Playhouse

PF + MP: A Taste of Honey @ Pearl Theatre

MP: Melissa Errico @ Feinstein’s/54 Below

MP: Ken Fallin illustrator



Television, Film and Streaming: 

MT: Miss Saigon (Filmed 25th anniversary production from the West End)




Post Script:

Next Week: 

PF: Berkshire Theatre Group’s production of Fiorello at The East 13th Street Theater, 136 East 13th Street

Explicit: No


— My New Philosophy from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (New Broadway Cast Recording (1999))

— Out of the Blue from The Wild Party (Original Off-Broadway Cast) Cast Recording

— Make Me Happy from The Wild Party (Original Off-Broadway Cast) Cast Recording


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