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David Zippel

David Zippel

David Zippel is a lyricist and director. His lyrics have won him the Tony Award, two Academy Award nominations, two Grammy Award nominations, and three Golden Globe Award nominations. His songs appear on over twenty-five million CDs around the world, and have been recorded by many great singers including Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Mel Torme, Ricky Martin, Cleo Laine, Barbara Cook and Nancy LaMott.

He made his Broadway debut with City of Angels (music by Cy Coleman, book by Larry Gelbart), for which he received the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award and (in London) the Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award. He also wrote the lyrics to the Broadway musical The Goodbye Girl (music by Marvin Hamlisch, book by Neil Simon) for which he received an Outer Critics Circle nomination. With eight-time Oscar winning composer Alan Menken, he wrote the songs for Disney's feature film Hercules. Michael Bolton recorded "Go the Distance" from that score, which was a #1 record and nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe. With Matthew Wilder, he wrote the songs for Disney's animated feature Mulan, which earned him his second Academy Award nomination. "Reflection," from Mulan, was recorded by Christina Aguilera and is featured on her multi-platinum debut album. Christina and David collaborated again with Todd Chapman to write the song "We're A Miracle," which was featured as the end title song for Pokemon: The First Movie, and on its #1 soundtrack album. With Mervyn Warren he wrote the end title for the Jennifer Lopez movie The Wedding Planner. His lyrics for The Swan Princess, an animated feature with music by Lex De Azevedo, were nominated for a Golden Globe Award. With composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, he wrote the songs for the London and Broadway musical The Woman in White. With Alan Menken, David wrote the acclaimed USO sequence, Star Spangled Man With a Plan for Captain America.

With Liza Minnelli, David wrote the script for Liza's at The Palace, which won a 2010 Tony Award for Best Special Entertainment. The show was recorded PBS after a run in Las Vegas.

He has contributed lyrics to the revues A...my Name Is Alice, Diamonds and Just So, with composer Doug Katsaros, wrote the musical comedy Just So. With Wally Harper he wrote numerous songs for Barbara Cook, including "It's Better With A Band," which became the title song of a hit revue showcasing David's lyrics. It's Better With A Band has been presented Off-Broadway, at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia.

In early 2003, Williamson Music began representing Zippel's music publishing interests and the administration of his catalogue, In Your Ear Music. In the same year, he completed Princesses, his own adaptation of the classic children's novel A Little Princess (music by Matthew Wilder, book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner). He additionally has worked on Buzz!, a musical extravaganza about the life of Busby Berkeley (music by Alan Menken, book by Larry Gelbart); Pamela's First Musical, based on Wendy Wasserstein's children's book (music by Cy Coleman, book by Wasserstein); N, the story of Emperor Napoleon and his Josephine (music by Coleman, book by Gelbart); and LYSISTRATA: SEX AND THE CITY STATE. (Adaptation by Gelbart, music by Menken).

A graduate of Harvard Law School, David Zippel is delighted not to practice law.


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