Kristen Anderson-Lopez

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Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Born Kristen Anderson
New York City, New York
Alma mater Williams College
Occupation Songwriter
Spouse(s) Robert Lopez
Children 2

2014: Academy Award for Best Original Song
2015: Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media

2015: Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Kristen Anderson-Lopez is an American 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] including "Let It Go", for which they won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards and two Grammy Awards at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.[2][9]

Anderson-Lopez is the co-creator of the musical In Transit, developed at the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, the musical ran Off-Broadway at the 59E59 Theatre, from September 21, 2010, to October 30, 2010.[10] The production received the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble, as well as a nomination for the 2011 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Musical (among others) and the 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. It opened on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre in November 2016, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall.[11][12][13]

She co-created the romantic stage musical Up Here with her husband and Robert Lopez.[14]

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

As of February 2016, Anderson-Lopez is working with her husband on the Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical adaptation of Frozen, with Jennifer Lee writing the book.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson-Lopez was raised in three different places: Croton-on-Hudson, New York (a suburb of New York City), to 1986; the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 1986 to 1990; and Waxhaw, North Carolina (a suburb of Charlotte), from 1990 onward (which served as her home base during her college years).[16][17] Her parents, Erin and John, still live in Waxhaw.[17][18] 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.[18] After her family moved to North Carolina, she attended and graduated from Charlotte Country Day School,[16] she went on to Williams College in western Massachusetts, where she double-majored in drama and psychology and graduated in 1994.[17][18] After a theater internship in Florida,[17] Anderson-Lopez spent several years working temporary jobs while pursuing her dream of becoming a Broadway theatre performer in New York City;[18] in 1999, she entered the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop[16] and found her true calling as a lyricist, and also met her future husband Robert Lopez.[19]

In October 2003,[20] Anderson married Lopez, who would go on to become an EGOT-winning[21][22] songwriter, composer and lyricist, including three Tony Awards[23][24] for Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. They have two daughters;[25] Katie and Annie, who both had voice parts in Frozen.[citation needed]


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  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 (4 February 2012). "'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. ^ ""Let It Go" From Frozen Wins Best Song Written For Visual Media". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  10. ^ In Transit, accessed June 27, 2016
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew. "A Cappella Musical 'In Transit' Will Play Broadway’s Circle in the Square" Playbill, June 27, 2016
  12. ^ Viagas, Robert. "Telly Leung, Justin Guarini Among Cast of A Cappella Broadway Musical 'In Transit'" Playbill, August 30, 2016
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew. " 'In Transit', New A Cappella Musical, Begins Broadway Previews" Playbill, November 10, 2016
  14. ^ Hetrick, Adam (October 27, 2011). "Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Alex Timbers Developing Romantic Musical Up Here". Playbill. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  15. ^ Gordon Cox. "'Frozen' Musical Sets Broadway Dates for 2018 After 2017 Tryout - Variety". Variety. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b c De Brito, Deia (19 August 2011). "Successful Disney writer 'knew what she wanted'". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ a b c d Anderson, John (11 February 2014). "Oscar nominees have roots in Waxhaw". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on May 19, 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  19. ^ Kennedy, Mark (10 May 2014). "Musical theater workshop becomes incubator for Broadway shows". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Kristen Anderson, Robert Lopez". The New York Times. October 12, 2003. 
  21. ^ "The Style Blog". The Washington Post. 
  22. ^ "Oscars 2014: 'Frozen' Ballad Wins Best Song, Giving Robert Lopez the EGOT". Billboard. 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  23. ^ "2004 Tony Award Winners". Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Who's Nominated? - All Categories". May 3, 2011. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  25. ^ Alexander, Bryan (November 25, 2013). "'Frozen': Family affair for married songwriters". USA Today. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 

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