Andrew Lippa, American composer, lyricist, book writer, performer, and producer, chats with The Pickwyck about his work and what he is most proud of.
Where did you grow up?
Do you have a theatrical family?
How did you first get involved in theater?
What are some of the challenges you face when it comes to writing music versus writing lyrics? Is one easier for you to write than the other?
Can you tell us a little bit about your work as a performer/singer?
What are you most passionate about in your own life?
What is your guilty pleasure (reality TV, junk food, etc.)
What is your favorite book, TV show, movie?
Since there have been various productions/concerts of The Wild Party throughout the years, what can we expect from the production at Encores City Center this summer?
Big Fish the Musical is based off of the novel by Daniel Wallace and also influenced by the movie created by Tim Burton, what was it like for you to create music for an adaptation?
The Addams Family premiered in Chicago before heading to Broadway, where some of the songs were re-worked or replaced. Can you tell us a little bit about that process and the decision behind changing/re-vamping the music?
Speaking of reinventing, the production john and jen will be returning to the stage. Are there any differences between this revival and past productions? What should audiences expect from this revival?
For those who aren't familiar with the show, can you tell them a bit about the story? How does the music connect with the characters?
You have also composed/put together an oratorio entitled I Am Harvey Milk. What was writing this like for you? Can you tell us a bit about the process in putting this together?
What are you most proud of, professionally and personally?
Who are you inspired by? (Fellow writers, composers?)
Do you have any other upcoming projects that you can tell us about?