(December 22, 1964) is an American composer
, book writer
, performer, and producer
. He is a resident artist at the Ars Nova Theater in New York City.
Lippa was born in Leeds
. He attended Oak Park High School
in Oak Park, Michigan
. After graduating from the University of Michigan
,, The New York Times
, July 20, 2008 Lippa began work in New York City in 1987 as a middle school
teacher and administrator at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. He later pursued a music career.
In 1998, Lippa was commissioned by the Jewish Federation
of Greater Vancouver
to create an anthem
for a concert celebrating Israel
's 50th birthday, to be sung by 350 singers and conducted by Sergiu Comissiona
of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
In 1999, Lippa contributed two new songs to the Broadway
version of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
(including "My New Philosophy" for Kristin Chenoweth
), and created all new arrangements. He wrote the music and co-wrote the book (with Tom Greenwald) for john & jen
, which ran Off-Broadway
in 1995 at the Lamb's Theater.
Lippa wrote the book
, music and lyrics for The Wild Party
, which was given its world premiere in 2000 at the off-Broadway Manhattan Theatre Club
in New York City
. The Wild Party
won the Outer Critics Circle Award
for best Off-Broadway musical
of the season and Lippa won the 2000 Drama......