Robert Lopez
Composer
Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez is an American composer and lyricist of musicals best known for co-creating the Broadway musical Avenue Q and for co-creating the musical The Book of Mormon, receiving Tony Awards for both works.
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These 'La La Land' Songwriters Are Also Behind Your Latest Broadway Obsession
Huffington Post - 5 days
Before a shower of Academy Awards rain down upon all those associated with  “La La Land” on Sunday, let’s take a moment to remember that two of the film’s nominees are also responsible for the biggest musical theater hit of the year. Years before Mia and Sebastian danced among the stars, composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul were already being hailed as the heirs to Rodgers and Hammerstein. With the debut of their celebrated new musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” currently playing at the Music Box Theatre in New York City, Pasek and Paul are poised to become the premier songwriting team working today.  The two first met during their freshman year at the University of Michigan where they were both studying musical theater. Bonding over the shared embarrassment of being the two worst dancers in a ballet class, Pasek and Paul soon turned their attention to writing songs. After a transformative apprenticeship with “Avenue Q” co-creator Robert Lopez, the duo began developing an impressive r ...
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What I Love: Kristen Anderson-Lopez, ‘Frozen’ Songwriter, at Home
NYTimes - 4 months
The Grammy award winner lives with her husband and frequent collaborator, Robert Lopez, and their children in Brooklyn.
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Review: Sagas, Swashbuckling and Scheherazade in ‘1001 Nights’
NYTimes - 5 months
Robert Lopez, a songwriter for “Frozen,” and Adam Koplan created this Atlantic for Kids adaptation, an exuberant musical with both actors and puppets.
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CSU Defends 'Segregated' Housing Offer After Conservative Backlash
Huffington Post - 6 months
California State University Los Angeles is defending a new special interest housing community for fall 2016 after the conservative press deemed it “segregated housing.”  The school ― like several others across the country ― offers special housing options to students, including a community for honors students or those who want to live with people of all gender identities. For fall 2016, the school introduced a new choice, the Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community, after the Los Angeles campus’ Black Student Union penned a letter to the university describing racist attacks and “micro-aggressions” that left them feeling unsafe. The union’s list of demands included an affordable housing option for black students. “Black students at Cal State LA have been, and still are, consistently made the targets of racist attacks by fellow students, faculty, and administration,” the letter reads. “These attacks come in many forms. Some are more overt and some subtle. Racially insensitiv ...
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Songwriters behind 'Let It Go' ready a new show
Yahoo News - over 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez — the Oscar-winning husband-and-wife team behind the film "Frozen" — are preparing a new musical comedy called "Up Here."
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OSCARS SCANDAL: Academy Revokes Song Nomination After 'Unfair' Campaigning
Business Insider - about 3 years
In an extremely rare and cringe-worthy move, the Academy has revoked a Best Original Song nomination after accusations of improper campaigning. The song “Alone Yet Not Alone,” music by Bruce Broughton and lyric by Dennis Spiegel, was a surprise nomination for the little-seen film of the same name — beating out more likely nominees such as Taylor Swift or Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" on "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack. "The decision was prompted by the discovery that Broughton, a former governor and current music branch executive committee member, had emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period," reports Variety. But Broughton insists he has done nothing wrong.  In an interview with Entertainment Weekly after the nominations, Broughton was open with the fact that he urged the members of his branch to simply consider the song. “What happens is that the music branch of the Academy puts all the songs on a disc ...
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A Complete List Of Winners From The Critics' Choice Awards
Business Insider - about 3 years
Following Thursday's Oscar nominations, "12 Years A Slave," "Gravity," Matthew McConaughey, and Cate Blanchett took home the top honors during the night's Critics' Choice Awards. Special awards went to Forest Whitaker, Benedict Cumberbatch, and the "Before Midnight" cast. The ceremony aired live on the CW network from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and was hosted by Aisha Tyler. Check out the list of winners below (via THR): BEST PICTURE American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska Saving Mr. Banks *12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street BEST ACTOR Christian Bale – American Hustle Bruce Dern – Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips *Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club Robert Redford – All Is Lost BEST ACTRESS *Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock – Gravity Judi Dench – Philomena Brie Larson – Short Term 12 Meryl Streep – August: Osage County Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Ban ...
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Oscar Nominations 2014: 'Gravity,' 'American Hustle,' '12 Years A Slave' Lead Nominees
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"Rush" star Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the 2014 Oscar nominations on Thursday morning from Los Angeles. The nods come in advance of the 86th annual Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. Ellen DeGeneres will emcee the event. "Gravity" and "American Hustle" scored 10 nominations each, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron and David O. Russell, respectively) and Best Actress (Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams, respectively). "12 Years A Slave" grabbed nine nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Steve McQueen), Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o). Other Best Picture nominees included "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." Many expected nominees were left without an honor ...
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Disney's 'Frozen' Review: Animated Flick Boosts Strong, Feisty Female Royals
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Instead of the bygone damsels in distress — yes we're talking about you Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty — the female royals of "Frozen," Disney's latest animated wonder, are feisty, forward and independent. Strong female leads are fitting, as "Frozen" marks the first time a female has occupied the director's chair in the 76 years of Disney animation features. Jennifer Lee, who wrote Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph," as well as the screenplay for "Frozen," co-directed the icy 3-D adventure with Disney veteran Chris Buck ("Tarzan"). Inspired by the 19th century fairytale, "The Snow Queen," by Hans Christian Andersen, "Frozen" marks another Disney film modernizing one of the Danish author's stories. "The Little Mermaid" also adapted an Andersen fable. Eight new songs, by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, work well when paired with the stunning visuals. But none really shine with classic tour de force like a "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" — and it's been too long since we've ...
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In A Tale Of Two Sisters, The Story's In The Songs
NPR - over 3 years
Iconic Disney moments aren't just about the characters, but the songs they sing. Husband-and-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez composed music for the new Disney film Frozen, capturing the friendship of sisters Elsa and Anna. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Savage Love
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Noise Makers by Dan Savage My question is one of etiquette. My lesbian wife and I live in an apartment. The noise pollution between flats can be pretty bad. Anyone who lives in the building is aware of this, and keeping noise down after certain hours is a common courtesy. I wouldn't play loud music after a certain hour, or let doors slam, or break out the drum kit. If any of these things happen after around 11:30 pm on a work night, I don't think I'd feel any qualms about going around to whoever is being inconsiderate and asking them to keep it down. But what about noisy sex? My neighbor's girlfriend is pretty loud during sex. If the racket were being made, say, before midnight, I could bear it. It would be gross, because I think he's slimy and he has a terrible hipster mustache, but I wouldn't be writing to you. Is it okay for us to pound on the wall and ask them to keep it down? What's your opinion? -Sleepy Lesbians Next Door I ...
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Grid Alternatives brings solar power to low-income Coloradans
The Business Journals - over 3 years
Solar power shouldn't be reserved for the middle and upper class, according to Grid Alternatives, a group founded in California in 2001 with the goal of bringing solar power panels to low-income households. The nonprofit opened operations in Colorado in late 2012, teaming with Habitat for Humanity to put solar power systems on six of that group’s homes in Lakewood. Rick and Roberta Lopez, who live southwest of downtown Denver, are getting their solar power system installed this week. “We would…
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Judge orders halt to Cook County tax
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Judge Robert Lopez Cepero issues injunction against County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's tax on big-ticket items purchased in other counties A judge has ordered Cook County to stop collecting County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s tax on big-ticket items purchased in other counties despite Preckwinkle’s recent attempt to bring the tax into compliance with the law.     
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Not Everyone Loves 'The Book Of Mormon'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LONDON -- Broadway sensation "The Book of Mormon" has arrived in London to a warm reception from theatergoers and mixed notices from critics. Reviewers delivered their verdicts on the show Friday, after an opening night that counted celebrities including "Homeland" star Damien Lewis and Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon among the audience. Many praised its wit and energy, though the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer said "its mixture of satire and syrup ultimately proves repellent." And the Guardian's Michael Billington judged it "mildly amusing." The exuberantly profane show by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and composer Robert Lopez tells the story of two Mormon missionaries in Uganda. It won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including best musical. The London production runs at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
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Campbell Runs in Second Annual 408K in San Jose
Campbell Patch - almost 4 years
  In its second year, San Jose's The 408K, Race to the Row attracted thousands of runners from all over the South Bay, including Campbell. In the men's races, Campbell Councilman Mike Kotowski, 71, placed third in his age group, with a time of 49:27:81. He came in just behind Cupertino resident Wendell Stephens, 74, who had a time of 45:56:53. In the women's races, Campbell resident Georgia Riley, 68, placed first in her age group, with a time of 49:34:44. The race, which began in front of the HP Pavillion in San Jose and ended at Santana Row benefits the Pat Tillman Foundation. Even Campbell businesses came out to show some love to the participants. The Cruiser Shop in The Courtyard downtown lead the runners off, in front of the Arena. Other Campbell residents that ran include: WOMEN Megan Mullaly, 35, with a time of 41:56:77 Ana Moctezuma, 39, with a time of43:08:34 Erin Stenger, 35, with a time of 45:23:00 Somya Chauhan, 39, with a time of 45:35:63 ...
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Can Online Hook-Ups Be Safe?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEW YORK -- The night before Valentine's Day, a group of around 35 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers gathered in the Jackson Heights neighborhood in Queens and talked about their fears related to online dating. Just a few weeks ago, a gay man was found dead in his apartment in the neighborhood, one of three brutal homicides of gay men in New York City in the last month. The meeting was closed to the press, but Ejeris Dixon, who works at the Anti-Violence Project, the advocacy group that organized the event, described what went on. "Some people spoke about their own experiences of very life-threatening violence and how it feels to survive," Dixon said Thursday. "We had to do a lot of work of helping people not blame themselves or others for meeting people on the Internet. It's been a constant debate: some folks saying that maybe we shouldn't do this, and other people were like, 'No, it's OK.'" Wednesday night's meeting was the second the Anti-Violence ...
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Bank of America bomb robbers flee with large sums of cash
LATimes - over 4 years
A bank manager says she was leaving her Huntington Park home for work Wednesday morning when two masked men snatched her. They strapped what they told the woman was an explosive device onto her chest and instructed her to rob her own bank. Authorities said the manager complied, bringing a bag filled with cash to the back of the bank, where the robbers grabbed it and sped away. PHOTOS: Bank manager forced to rob own branch In a city known for some bizarre bank robberies, what happened at the East L.A. Bank of America branch is quickly taking on a mythology of its own. The robbers avoided being seen on bank video cameras and as of Wednesday evening were still at large with what officials said was a large sum of money. The bank manager was unharmed. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad detonated the device, which law enforcement sources said did not appear to be an active bomb. The FBI and local police interviewed the manager at length Wednesday but have released few ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Lopez
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 40
    It was also announced in late 2015 that Lopez would be writing original songs for the revival of the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000.
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    In development for several years by Lopez and his wife, their romantic-comedy musical Up Here officially debuted August 9, 2015, at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.
    More Details Hide Details Lopez describes Up Here as "It's kind of like Annie Hall meets Cirque du Soleil. It's a romantic comedy with a huge theatrical twist." Lopez and his wife also wrote the musical number Moving Pictures for the 87th Academy Awards.
  • 2013
    Age 38
    In 2013, Lopez and his wife Kristen wrote songs for Disney Animation's feature film Frozen. The song "Let It Go" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, making Lopez the 12th person to win all four major annual American entertainment awards (the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). On February 8, 2015, they won another Grammy for their work on Frozen: a Best Song Written for Visual Media Grammy for "Let It Go".
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  • 2011
    Age 36
    Lopez and his wife Kristen also wrote seven songs for Winnie the Pooh, released in 2011 by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
    More Details Hide Details They also wrote an original song for Wreck-It Ralph before it was cut out.
    In 2011, Lopez again worked with Matt Stone and Trey Parker on the South Park episode "Broadway Bro Down".
    More Details Hide Details Lopez also co-wrote two songs for the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb: "Aerial Area Rug" for the episode "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Fly On the Wall," for an episode of the same name. Lopez composed a song for The Simpsons episode "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again" titled "Enjoy It While You Can" which aired on April 29, 2012.
  • 2007
    Age 32
    On January 18, 2007, Lopez and Marx again collaborated to write four of the songs for the hit TV show Scrubs on the show's 123rd episode titled "My Musical."
    More Details Hide Details TV Guide named the episode one of the best 100 TV show episodes of all time in 2009. Lopez, along with Jeff Marx, was recognized with an Emmy nomination for the song "Everything Comes Down to Poo" from the above-mentioned episode. Stephanie D'Abruzzo, who originated the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q, guest-starred in the episode.
    In January 2007, a musical adaptation of the Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo, which Lopez co-wrote with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, opened at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.
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  • 2006
    Age 31
    In early 2006, Lopez collaborated with his brother, Billy, on several episodes of the Nickelodeon series Wonder Pets, for which they shared a Daytime Emmy award with the series' other composers and Music Director, Jeffrey Lesser, in 2008.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 30
    In 2005, Lopez began working on a new musical project with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, a series which, in 2003, Lopez had mentioned as a partial inspiration for Avenue Q. The Book of Mormon premiered on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011, following previews from February 24.
    More Details Hide Details The show received numerous theater accolades, including the 2011 Tony for Best Musical, as well as two more Tony Awards for Lopez: Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. The production's original cast recording also earned Lopez the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
  • 2004
    Age 29
    The Original Cast Recording was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004.
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  • 2003
    Age 28
    The couple married in 2003 and they have two daughters; Katie and Annie, who both had voice parts in Frozen.
    More Details Hide Details They currently reside in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
  • 1999
    Age 24
    In 1999, Lopez and Marx, who collaborated on both music and lyrics, began work on Avenue Q, a stage musical which, using puppet characters, similar to those on Sesame Street, dealt with adult themes and ideas.
    More Details Hide Details The show, for which Lopez also provided the animated segments, was his first professional experience. After playing Off-Broadway, the show transferred in July 2003 to Broadway's John Golden Theatre, where it proved both a critical and popular success, winning the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical, and earning Lopez and Marx the Tony Award for Best Original Score.
  • 1998
    Age 23
    During his participation in the 1998 Lehman Engel's Workshop, Robert Lopez met and began dating lyricist Kristen Anderson.
    More Details Hide Details As described in a 2003 The New York Times profile, the pair, struggling in a cash-strapped post-college period that recalls the storyline of Avenue Q's Princeton and Kate Monster, "lived in Astoria, Queens, drove a 1989 Buick and survived on fast food".
    In 1998, while participating in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, he met another aspiring songwriter, Jeff Marx.
    More Details Hide Details Their first project together, Kermit, Prince of Denmark, a Muppet parody of Hamlet, won the Kleban Award for lyrics, though The Jim Henson Company rejected the script, saying it did not have enough "kid appeal." The story was considered for the next Muppet film by Chris Curtin in 2004, until Curtin left the Disney Company. Highlights from the unproduced musical were performed by Rick Lyon, Rebecca Jones, and Susan Blackwell at the BMI Workshop.
  • 1997
    Age 22
    Lopez went on to Hunter College High School and then to Yale University, where he graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in English (the type of academic degree expressly discussed in the second song of Avenue Q).
    More Details Hide Details While at Yale, he wrote three plays (of which two were musicals), was a member of the Yale Spizzwinks(?) a cappella group, and was influenced by professors such as Vincent Scully, John Hollander, and Harold Bloom. During his time at Yale, he vaguely hoped to make a living writing musicals and "had no other career options"; towards that end, he avoided courses that would prepare him for a career in something useful, like law or medicine. Upon graduating from Yale, Lopez moved back in with his parents and brother in Greenwich Village, where he lived for four years until he was able to earn enough money writing songs for Theatreworks USA to rent an apartment of his own. During this period, he took temporary jobs at companies like Pfizer and worked as a weekend receptionist for his old music school, Greenwich House.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Age 0
    Born on February 23, 1975.
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