The Life of the Party celebrates the music of Andrew Lippa. Before you see the show, take a look back at a few highlights from his long career:
Lippa wrote the music for John & Jen, a two-person musical which premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1993 and opened off-Broadway in 1995. For the show’s twentieth anniversary in 2015 it was revived off-Broadway in a production starring Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan.
Check out Lippa’s thoughts on the 2015 production and the 20th anniversary of the show:
In 1999, Lippa contributed three new songs to the Broadway revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, including “My New Philosophy” for star Kristin Chenoweth. They would continue their professional collaboration following the show, with Lippa serving as Chenoweth’s personal musical director.
Check out her Tony Awards performance:
Lippa wrote the music and lyrics for The Wild Party, a musical adaptation of Joseph Moncure March’s narrative poem of the same name. Perhaps the best known and most widely produced of Lippa’s works, The Wild Party opened in 2000 at the Manhattan Theatre Club with a cast that included Julia Murney, Brian D’Arcy James, Idina Menzel, and Taye Diggs.
In 2015, Encores! Off-Center! presented a staged concert version starring Sutton Foster as Queenie and Stephen Pasquale as Burrs. Here are a few highlights:
In 2001, Lippa’s A Little Princess had its world premiere here at TheatreWorks.
Under the direction of Kaitlin Hopkins, the musical was revived in concert format at Texas State University in the fall of 2015. Check out “Live Out Loud” from the Texas State concert production:
The Addams Family, with music and lyrics by Lippa, opened on Broadway in 2010. Check out stars Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, and the original cast perform “When You’re an Addams” on The Late Show:
In 2013, Lippa’s Big Fish opened on Broadway. Check out Norbert Leo Butz and the original cast in this highlight reel:
I Am Harvey Milk, an choral oratorio on the life of Harvey Milk, premiered in San Francisco in a concert starring Lippa himself, Laura Benanti, and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on June 26, 2013, the same day the Supreme Court declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
For more on Lippa’s inspiration behind I Am Harvey Milk:
In 2015, Lippa’s musical adaptation of Jules Feiffer’s memoir, The Man in the Ceiling, was a hit in our New Works Festival.
He recently reprised “I Do What I Do” in concert at Texas State University: