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Andrew Lippa

Patron

Andrew Lippa is an Internationally renowned composer, lyricist, writer, performer, and producer based in New York.

ANDREW LIPPA’s new epic choral work “Unbreakable” had its world premiere with The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on June 22nd and 23rd, 2018 in San Francisco with 300 artists onstage including Mr. Lippa. Ten more choruses across the country will present this new work in the next year and the original cast recording, produced by legendary producer Leslie Ann Jones, will be released by Ghostlight Records in November, 2018.  He conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a new production of his “A Little Princess” in concert in London at the Royal Festival Hall in May, 2018 to a sold-out crowd of nearly 3,000 people. His hit song “Evil Like Me” appears in Disney’s “Descendants”. Written for Kristin Chenoweth that soundtrack hit #1 on the “Billboard 200” album chart, #1 on the iTunes and Billboard soundtrack charts, has been viewed over 70 million times on YouTube and “Evil Like Me” was certified gold in 2017. On Feb. 1st, 2017, Lippa opened the new season of The American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center with his concert of “Andrew Lippa and Friends.”  In 2016, he composed and conducted a world premiere piece for the international piano virtuoso Lang Lang and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in Guangzhou, China. This new work, a 32-minute, 5-movement piece called “Rising Tide”, was reprised later in 2016 and recorded in China. Lippa’s epic Concept Opera “I am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk” had its world premiere at The Music Center at Strathmore in April of 2016 starring Kristin Chenoweth as Anne Hutchinson and Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk. Summer 2016 saw the US premiere of “Life of the Party” – a musical compendium of Mr. Lippa’s career – produced by Theatreworks in Mountain View, CA and starring Mr. Lippa.  Summer of 2017, Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY, presented the world premiere of The Man in the Ceiling.  Based on Jules Feiffer’s award-winning novel, this musical features a book by Mr. Feiffer and music and lyrics by Mr. Lippa. Directed by Jeffrey Seller (Tony-winning producer of “Hamilton”) Mr. Lippa played the role of Uncle Lester in this production. Broadway credits include: Music and lyrics for Big Fish directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; the Tony-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical The Addams Family (directed by Jerry Zaks) as well as the music for Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway play The Farnsworth Invention (directed by Des McAnuff). Other musicals include the Drama Desk award winning musical The Wild Party (book/music/lyrics); A Little Princess (music); john & jen (music/book); Asphalt Beach (music and lyrics); and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (additional music/lyrics and arrangements). His epic oratorio for men’s chorus, orchestra and soloists, I Am Harvey Milk has seen over 30 productions including Disney Hall and Lincoln Center.  Awards: Tony and Grammy nominations; shared Emmy for Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets”; SFGMC Vanguard Award; The Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award; ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award; The Drama Desk Award; The Outer Critics Circle Award. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Lippa serves as president of the board of The Dramatists Guild Foundation (dgf.org). He was born in Leeds, England, grew up in suburban Detroit and is an ordained Interfaith minister.

Key Dates

Open Days & Auditions 2020/2021

Open days

Open days
Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we cannot guarantee we will be able to host any Open Days for 2021 entry at Urdang. We are planning on some exciting alternative arrangements to allow you to experience our facilities.

Please keep an eye on the website and social media for updates.

If you have any further enquiries please email admissions@theurdang.london

Auditions

Auditions
Urdang online applications for 2021 entry for all our full-time courses will go live in September.

Details of our audition process will be available on our website soon.

Please email the College Administrator, Will Bird, on will@theurdang.london if you have any further queries.

Term Dates 2020/2021

Degree First year

Autumn 2020
Registration
Tuesday 1 September 2020

Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Semester One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Reading Week
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Semester Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Reading Week
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

After Assessment Break
Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 may 2021

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 24 May 2021

Show
Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Degree Second year

Autumn 2020
Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Semester One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 18 December 2020

Reading Week
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Semester Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Reading Week
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

After Assessment Break
Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 may 2021

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 24 May 2021

Show
Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Degree Third year

Autumn 2020
Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Semester One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Reading Week
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Semester Two
Thursday 7 January 2021 – Saturday 27 March 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

Graduate Showcase Rehearsals
Monday 29 March 2021 – Tuesday 11 May 2021

Graduation Showcase
Wednesday 19 May 2021 – Saturday 22 May 2021

Third Year Classes
Tuesday 2 June 2021 – Friday 18 June 2021

Graduation Ceremony
Sunday 20 June 2021

Diploma First year

Autumn 2020
Registration
Tuesday 1 September 2020

Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Term One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Half Term
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Term Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 2 May 2020

Half Term
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

After Assessment Break
Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 may 2021

Summer Show (Optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 24 May 2021

Show
Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Diploma Second year

Autumn 2020
Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Term One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Half Term
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Term Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Half Term
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

After Assessment Break
Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Summer Show
Rehearsals Start
Monday 24 May 2021

Summer Show
Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Diploma Third year

Autumn 2020
Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Term One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Half Term
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Term Two
Thursday 7 January 2021 – Saturday 27 March 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

Summer 2021
Term Three
Monday 29 March 2021 – Tuesday 11 May 2021

Graduation Showcase
Wednesday 19 May 2021 – Saturday 22 May 2021

Graduation Ceremony
Sunday 20 June 2021

AVT/Foundation

Autumn 2020
Registration
Wednesday 2 September 2020

Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 – Friday 4 September 2020

Semester One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 18 December 2020

Half Term
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Semester Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Half Term
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

Performances 2021

Graduate Showcase

Wednesday 19 May 2021 – Saturday 22 May 2021
Agents Day
Tuesday 1 June 2021

Graduation Ceremony
Sunday 20 June 2021

First and Second Year Summer show

Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Urdang Live! Summer 2020

Virtual Taster Day

Friday 17 July 2020

Online Pre-Audition Intensive

Monday 27 July - Friday 31 July 2020

Online Summer School - Musical Theatre

Monday 03 August - Friday 07 August 2020

Online Summer School - Commercial/Street Dance

Monday 10 August - Friday 14 August 2020

Applications

Urdang Academy is currently closed due to COVID-19 and aims to reopen in September, in accordance with government guidance.

Log-in here if you have already made an application and need to respond to an offer. 

Applications for 2020 Entry

Unfortunately, Urdang will no longer be accepting applications and video submissions for our full-time courses for 2020 entry.

If you have already paid for an audition, but have not been able to film a video in time, please email us to request a refund of your audition fee with the name of the person who paid for it.

Applications for 2021 Entry

UCAS is now open for applications for our BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre for 2021 entry. You will need to use the following codes:

Course Code: W4UA
Institution Code: B32 (UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM)
Campus Name: URDANG ACADEMY
Campus Code: U

Urdang online applications for 2021 for all our full-time courses will go live in September. Details of our audition process and news on open days will be available later in the year.

If you require further information please email admissions@theurdang.london.

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