the story

A truly original musical that takes a look at the complexities of relationships between brothers and sisters and parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, john & jen is a gem of a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies.

This is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, who was killed in Vietnam, and his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. With a cast of only two people, john & jen is a tour-de-force for two actors who take Jen and John (both of them) from childhood, through adolescence and beyond.

A chamber musical, beautifully scored by Jason Robert Brown (Songs For A New World, Last Five Years)for piano, cello and percussion, john & jen is a musical about connections, commitments and the healing of the human heart.

the music

ANDREW LIPPA wrote the book, music and lyrics for THE WILD PARTY which was given its world premiere in 2000 at the Manhattan Theater Club in New York City. THE WILD PARTY won the Outer Critics Circle Award for best Off-Broadway musical of the season and Mr. Lippa won the 2000 Drama Desk Award for best music. The show was nominated for 13 Drama Desk Awards including best new musical. In 1999 Mr. Lippa contributed three new songs to the Broadway version of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (including MY NEW PHILOSOPHY for Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth) and created all new arrangements. He wrote the music and co-wrote the book (with Tom Greenwald) for john & jen which played in New York City in 1995 at The Lamb’s Theater.

Awards include a Grammy nomination, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award, The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle and second place for the Alice B. Deucey Award for all-around outstanding fifth-grader (lost to Cynthia Fink). Memberships include ASCAP, The Dramatist Guild, Actor’s Equity, and the AF of M.

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