He began work in 1996, and the Manhattan Theatre Club presented a reading of the first act later that year.
Julia Murney, who later played the role of Queenie, was in the ensemble of that reading.
Third Grade – Cassidy Horton, Casandra Perez, and Torian Smith.
Fourth Grade – Tabatha Catoe Fifth Grade – Trevor Lucas and Olivia Young “A/B Honor Roll” First Grade – Jayme Blackwell, Kelsey Crenshaw, Dakodah Horton, Camauri Kelley, and Ian Mays.
While at the University of Michigan, Lippa studied vocal performance but eventually transferred into music education and received his bachelor's degree in music education.
After graduating from Michigan, Lippa moved to New York City in 1987 and became a middle school music teacher at Columbia Grammar and Prep School (CGPS) on the Upper West Side.
A/B Honor Roll - Ivey Allen, Tyler Alonzo, Jessica Alvey, Krishi Amin, Joseph Anderson, Natalia Arriaga, Babatunde Balogun, Braxton Bellamy, Katelyn Black, Savannah Blanchard, Nicholas Booze, Karis Braddock, Emma Branham, Kellee Branham, Mc Kenzy Brooks, Destanee Burgess, Alexis Byrd, Katelin Byrum, Kyla Cantey, Anthony Chilson, Colby Christofaro, Bailey Clark, Jordan Clark, Jayson Combest, Christian Cooper, Kyle Cross, Jordan Curtis, Cameron D'Agostino, Satyam Dahya, Shivani Dahya, Madolyne Daigle, Vries De, Kara Derby, Dalton Dillon, Noah Evans, Donovan Fannin, Kaitlyn Giammarco, Jacob Gladden, Emily Graham, Ryan Griggs, Daniel Guest, Edwar Gutierrez, David Harper, Quanterris Harris, Taylor Hart, Savannah Harter, Alejandra Hernandez-Garcia, Summer Hinson, Grasyn Holland, Julius Jacobs, Lauren Jenkins, Hannah Jewell, Devante Johnson, Callie Jones, La Grace Jordan, John Kean, Joshua Kirkland, Sarah Lanaghan, Lianna Lauricella, Michael Lee, Presice Lee, Ahmad Leggette, Taylor Le Grand, Amber Lemon, Amyri Lewis, Jacob Makowski, Savana Marksbary, Katrina Martin, Cynthia Martinez-Gonzalez, Carolyn Mc Avoy, Aareyana Mc Call, Michael Mc Coy, Kiah Mc Leod, Darby Mihelich, Christopher Miles, Colby Miles, Morgan Miller, Vincent Mitchell, A'Bria Moore, Lanique Moore, Carter Munn, Roy Munn, Shelby Murphy, Natalie Mursuli, Nicholas Myers, Ally Nelson, Cade Nesbitt, Mary Page, Randall Parker, Jacob Paulson, Josue Perez, Destiny Ponder, My Portee, Autumn Porter, Matthew Powell, Macie Puckett, Gisele Quezada, Isis Ramos, William Rashley, Walker Rausch, Rion Reynolds, Waylen Rhodes, Kiana Richardson, Nyah Robertson, Matthew Robinson, Bianca Rosales, Gabriell Rutland, Cassandra Sanchez, Anna Setzer, Scott Shearer, Austin Shilhavy, Chloe Sims, Zachery Smyrl, Jace Spinks, Brianna Starnes, Evan Stewart, Heath Stokes, Kilee Stroup, Evan Tatge, Amari Thomas, Hannah Thomley, Brendon Towns, Devany Valdez, Abigail Vermillion, Britney Vinson, Ashlyn Wages, Anna Ward, Delaney Ward, Tyler Wells, Langley Whisenhunt, Mallory Whitmire, Jordan Williams, Madison Wilson, Ethan Wolfe, Hailey Wooten, Ty Quan Wright, Matthew Young, Ay'Anna Young-Fletcher, Emilyann Yuhas.
Tenth grade All A Honor Roll - Savannah Almand, Amanda Barrett, Madisyn Boggan, Jamia Bracey, Michael Burrows, Gavin Calcutt, Mackenzie Calcutt, Katherine Clippard, Kylan Corbett, Aubrie Crates, Linda Dingus, Layla Duszynski, Molly Edenfield, Marlin Felder, Haley Gates, Kaley Goerlich, Kara Greer, Sarah Hanson, Tamela Houge, Ariel Johnson, Jenna Koumas, Samantha Malaga, Karsyn Manning, Sydney Matteson, Molly Mc Avoy, Kaitlyn Miller, Rashad Miller, Haylee Miyasaki, Macy Morgan, Jenna Morin, Sophia Moschella, Emma North, Brianna Ogburn, David Pillard, Suzannah Prewitt, Carey Quarles, Emalie Rabon, Katelyn Ramold, Randy Reese, Jason Reeves, Madeline Richburg, Holden Roberts, Garrett Rogers, Kaitlyn Salvage, Gabryel Santos, Sean Saville, Olivia Schmalzel, Brianna Scott, Pak Slentz, Madison Slice, Madison Stockman, Alex Stribling, Sarah Turner, Hanna Wagner.
The Wild Party won the Outer Critics Circle Award for best Off-Broadway musical of the season and 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, Lippa contributed three new songs to the Broadway version of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (including "My New Philosophy" for Kristin Chenoweth), and created all new arrangements.
There he met his future collaborator Tom Greenwald (John & Jen). Lippa began his professional theatrical career at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut.
He was hired in early 1992 to be the pianist for a production of "It's a Bird... It's Superman" but quickly rose to become the dance arranger and assistant music director.