Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez
Bobby was born and bred in NYC. At 7, got his first piano and saw his first Broadway show. At 11 he wrote his first opening number. After high school he went to Yale, where he graduated in 1997 with the type of BA he wrote about in AVENUE Q and the vague hope to make a living writing musicals as he determined he “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.
Kristen Anderson-Lopez was raised in three different places: Croton-on-Hudson, New York 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).
According to her father, Kirsten 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. After her family moved to North Carolina, she attended and graduated from Charlotte Country Day School. She went on to Williams College in western Massachusetts, where she double-majored in Drama and Psychology and graduated in 1994. After a theater internship in Florida, Anderson-Lopez spent several years working temporary jobs while pursuing her dream of becoming a Broadway theatre performer in New York City.
In 1998, the two met at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
(family affair with kids Katie and Annie).
Bobby – 12th – youngest EGOT ever and the only to ever win inside a 10-year span.
AVENUE Q – Best Musical 2004 (10 years ago) – Off-Broadway before that
(Princeton and Kate Monster)
SCRUBS (2007) – “Everything Comes Down to Poo” – Emmy nomination
WINNIE THE POOH (2012) – Annie Award (Music in an Animated Feature)
THE BOOK OF MORMON (2011) – Tony & Grammy
Kristen is also the co-creator of the musical In Transit, developed at the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, opened Off Broadway in 2010, and has received Drama Desk, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Awards.
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.
Together, collaborated on WINNIE THE POOH, WONDERPETS, FROZEN, FINDING NEMO (Disney Theme Park)
Bobby and Kristen are currently working on the new romantic stage musical Up Here with Alex Timbers. The couple is also working on another musical, Disney’s Bob the Musical, with Allan Loeb writing the story.
Phineas & Ferb
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (2007): FINDING NEMO (collaboration)
LET IT GO (2013) from FROZEN – Oscar (this week Grammy nom.)