His New Philosophy: Songwriter Lippa Bangs His Own Drum on AndrewLippa.Com

News   His New Philosophy: Songwriter Lippa Bangs His Own Drum on AndrewLippa.Com Andrew Lippa, the composer-lyricist who wrote the score to Off-Broadway's john & jen and The Wild Party, is raising his profile with the July 1 launch of AndrewLippa.com, for fans interested in his work.

The site promises news about past, present and coming projects, links to publishers of his licensed works and even sells some merchandise.

"At first I wanted a web page because I was sure that everyone else had one," Lippa writes on his homepage. "Then, when I discovered that I was wrong about that, I wanted a web page so that the people in high school who thought I would never amount to anything could see it and say, 'Yes! We were right!' Truth told, I thought a web page would bring me closer to my art and closer to my public. However, one must ask the question, 'How hard is it to reach 17 people?"

The target audience includes industry people interested in producing or learning more about his work.

His current project is a musical version of A Little Princess, with book and lyrics by Brian Crawley (Violet), inspired by the children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The target is Broadway in 2004. The show is developing quietly and has been casting about for performers.

Lippa contributed songs to the recent Broadway revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He also created that show's new arrangements. Kristin Chenoweth won a Tony Award playing Sally, selling Lippa's song, "My New Philosophy." His new Jewish-flavored Christmas musical comedy, Jerry Christmas, had a first reading in May at TheatreWorks in Palo Alton, CA. Daniel Goldfarb penned the book and Lippa the songs. According to the website, "It is the era of live television and Jerry Baron's career is crumbling. From the heights of silver screen stardom, the uniquely Jewish funnyman has sunk to the lows of live television. And a Christmas special at that. Will America welcome chutzpah for the holidays? Will his outspoken family stay silent for an entire Silent Night? The funniest Jewish Christmas musical ever written."

Lippa grew up in suburban Detroit and attended the University of Michigan. Awards include a Grammy nomination, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, ASCAP's Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award, The Drama Desk and The Outer Critics Circle Award.

Visit www.andrewlippa.com.