Broadway Composer Andrew Lippa Concert at Texas State University, San Marcos, on October 17, 2015
Tony-nominated Lippa to give concert at Texas State University
Award-winning Broadway composer Andrew Lippa, who was the 2010-2011 Composer in Residence at Texas State, will return to Texas State to perform a concert of music from his shows along side students from the musical theater program and Broadway veteran Kaitlin Hopkins (Bat Boy, Bare) at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Texas State University on October 17th at 7:30pm. There will also be a silent auction in the lobby of signed Film, TV and Theatre Memorabilia including scripts, photos and posters. All proceeds from the concert will go to scholarships for students in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets are available at www.txstatepresents.com.
In 2010, Texas State was proud to present the world premiere of Lippa’s musical A Little Princess, which had a book and lyrics written by Brian Crawley (Violet). He received a Tony nomination for penning the music and lyrics to the hit musical The Addams Family, and a Grammy nomination for his work on You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. His recent song, “Evil Like Me” (created for Tony award-winning Kristin Chenoweth to sing for the Disney Channel film Decendants in her role as Maleficent) currently has over to 3 million views on YouTube, and the soundtrack recently reached #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. He also wrote the book, music, and lyrics for The Wild Party, which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for best Off-Broadway musical and the 2000 Drama Desk Award for best music. Recently he wrote the music and lyrics for Big Fish (book by John August, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman), which played the Neil Simon Theater on Broadway. His oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk (words and music) was premiered by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the recording, released in October 2013, reached number 2 on the iTunes Classical Chart. He is currently working on a new musical, The Man in the Ceiling, with book written by Jules Feiffer.
"As the song says - 'The stars at night are big and bright/deep in the heart of Texas' - and Texas State’s musical theatre students are stars in the making,” said Lippa recently on a break from rehearsals for The Man in the Ceiling. “I'm delighted to share my work with these students, but the real beneficiaries will be audiences who come to see them shine." In addition to the concert Lippa will also be teaching master classes and working with students in the Texas State musical theatre program.
"I love the energy and artistry that Andrew brings to everything he does, and I'm thrilled our students have the opportunity to perform with him, “ said Kaitlin Hopkins, head of musical theatre at Texas State. “In addition to the concert there will be a silent auction of signed memorabilia, there will be tiered ticket pricing with opportunities to meet the composer at an exclusive reception or have a private lunch with him, and the best part is that all the proceeds will benefit scholarships."
The concert is made possible by the Bowman Guest Artist Series and the generous support of Michael and Dianne Bowman. For tickets please visit www.txstatepresents.com. For additional information, contact Sara Mitschke at (512) 245-3572 or email@example.com.