Kristen Anderson-Lopez

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Kristen Anderson-Lopez is an American actress and songwriter.[1][2] Anderson-Lopez, along with her husband Robert Lopez and Henry Jackman, wrote and produced music for the 2011 Disney film Winnie the Pooh,[3] for which they were nominated for an Annie Award for Best Music in a Feature Production.[4][5] She also provided the voice of Kanga in the film.[6] Additionally, she wrote songs for a Walt Disney World production of Finding Nemo – The Musical.[7] She and her husband also wrote the songs for Disney's Frozen.[8]

Kristen Anderson-Lopez is the co-creator of the Drama Desk Award winning, Broadway-bound musical In Transit, developed at the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, opened Off Broadway in 2010, and after receiving Drama Desk, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel recognition, is slated for a Broadway production in 2013.

With her husband she won an Academy Award on March 2, 2014 for their song "Let It Go" from the animation film Frozen.[2]

Her work for young audiences includes numerous short and full-length musical adaptations for Theatreworks/USA (Diary of a Worm, Fancy Nancy, Condensed Classics.) Kristen has written several songs for TV and was a staff writer for the award-winning children’s show, The Wonder Pets, on Nick Jr.

Anderson-Lopez is currently working on the new romantic stage musical Up Here with her husband and Alex Timbers.[9] The couple are also working on another musical, Disney's Bob the Musical, with Allan Loeb writing the story.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson-Lopez was raised in three different places: Croton-on-Hudson, New York (a suburb of New York City), to 1986; Charlotte, North Carolina, from 1986 to 1990; and Waxhaw, North Carolina (a suburb of Charlotte), from 1990 onward.[11] Her parents, Erin and John, still live in Waxhaw.[11][12] According to her father, Anderson-Lopez first fell in love with the theater at the age of four, when he took her to see a U.S. Bicentennial musical tribute staged in their then-hometown of Croton-on-Hudson.[12] She graduated in 1994 from Williams College, where she double-majored in drama and psychology.[11][12] After a theater internship in Florida,[11] she then spent several years working temporary jobs while pursuing her dream of becoming a Broadway theatre performer in New York City.[12] In 1998, she entered the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and found her true calling as a lyricist, and also met her future husband Robert Lopez.[13]

In October 2003,[14] Anderson married Lopez, who would go on to become an EGOT-winning[15][16] songwriter, composer and lyricist, including three Tony Awards[17][18] for Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. They have two daughters; Katie and Annie, who both had voice parts in Frozen.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kristen Anderson-Lopez". IMDB. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Lily Rothman (March 2, 2014). "EGOT! Frozen's Robert Lopez on Scoring His Oscar". Time. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Full cast and crew for Winnie the Pooh (2011)". IMDB. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ King, Susan ('Rango' wins the Annie Award for animated feature). "'Rango' wins the Annie Award for animated feature". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (February 4, 2012). "'Rango' Wins Annie Award for Best Animated Feature". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Winnie the Pooh (2011)". IMDB. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Finding Nemo – The Musical: Entertainment at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Park". Walt Disney World. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ Disney's 'Frozen': Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel to voice animated tale Retrieved December 1, 2013
  9. ^ Hetrick, Adam (October 27, 2011). "Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Alex Timbers Developing Romantic Musical Up Here". Playbill. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Allan Loeb Enlisted for Disney's Bob the Musical, Featuring a Score by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez". Playbill.com. 2014-01-09. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  11. ^ a b c d Toppman, Lawrence (28 February 2014). "Former Charlottean is front-runner for Oscar for ‘Let It Go". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c d Anderson, John (11 February 2014). "Oscar nominees have roots in Waxhaw". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Kennedy, Mark (10 May 2014). "Musical theater workshop becomes incubator for Broadway shows". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Kristen Anderson, Robert Lopez". The New York Times. October 12, 2003. 
  15. ^ "The Style Blog". The Washington Post. 
  16. ^ "Oscars 2014: 'Frozen' Ballad Wins Best Song, Giving Robert Lopez the EGOT". Billboard. 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  17. ^ "2004 Tony Award Winners". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Who's Nominated? - All Categories". tonyawards.com. May 3, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  19. ^ Alexander, Bryan (November 25, 2013). "'Frozen': Family affair for married songwriters". USA Today. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 

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