Composing for a Cause
Acclaimed Broadway composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa (Big Fish, The Addams Family) speaks with young musicians about his process of writing the musical I Am Harvey Milk, and the tools artists have at their disposal to create social change.
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Andrew Lippa is an award-winning artist whose work spans the worlds of theater, film, television, and the concert stage. His musicals include The Addams Family; Big Fish; The Wild Party; new songs for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; A Little Princess; and John & Jen. In addition to I Am Harvey Milk, his concert works include I Am Anne Hutchinson; Unbreakable; a world-premiere for pianist Lang Lang titled Rising Tide; as well as his hit song for Kristin Chenoweth in Disney’s Descendants titled “Evil Like Me” (gold record) and songs for Renée Fleming, Idina Menzel, Vanessa Williams, and others. He wrote the score for Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention and has conducted the San Francisco, Chicago, and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras.