PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Julia Murney, Jeremy Jordan, Caissie Levy and Wild Party Concert Cast Pick Favorite Andrew Lippa Songs

By Michael Gioia
16 Apr 2014

Robb Nanus (producer): I have to go with "Lavender Pen" from I Am Harvey Milk. I'm a bit biased, as I'm working on the show, but I had the distinct pleasure of seeing him quite literally discover the song. We were in rehearsals in San Francisco about a month from the premiere, and he still hadn't written the piece that he had dubbed "Lavender Pen." We were rehearsing a completely different number, and the accompanist played a particular melodic hook that Andrew has written at the beginning of that song. Andrew stopped singing. "Oh my god. That's the hook. That's 'Lavender Pen.'" Three days later, we got an email with a demo of the exact song that's on the recording.