Robert Lopez at TEDxBroadway 2014: He Writes the Songs
Songwriter Robert Lopez has a gift for amusing both kids and adults. Since the day he wrote his first song at age 7, he’s picked up three Tony Awards (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon), two Daytime Emmys (Nickelodeon’s Wonder Pets) and a Grammy. What may have started as an impressive talent for creating songs for puppets and cartoons launched Lopez into the spotlight as one of the collaborators of the mega-successful Broadway phenomenon, The Book of Mormon.
Lopez found his calling in 1998 while working on Kermit, Prince of Denmark, a Muppet parody of Hamlet. Next stop: Avenue Q and beyond. Lopez has written songs for 2011’s Winnie the Pooh, Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb and the recent Disney hit Frozen. And then there was the musical adaptation of Finding Nemo at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
It’s not surprising Lopez is one of the creative geniuses behind The Book of Mormon. Great minds think alike, and Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s South Park was an inspiration for Lopez’s Avenue Q. The three also worked together on the South Park episode, “Broadway Bro Down” (see video below).
Get your TEDxBroadway tickets today to hear Robert Lopez share a few of the lessons he’s learned about how to be audience-oriented.
And, in the meantime, have a few laughs watching South Park‘s “Broadway Bro Down.”