James Lapine

Director, Playwright, Photographer
A leading playwright and stage director, James Lapine briefly shifted his attentions to film in the early 1990s, but after two well-crafted features that earned modest box office takes, he returned to the theater.
Born: 01/10/1949 in Mansfield, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Director (7)

Six by Sondheim 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Director

Passion 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Impromptu 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Into the Woods 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Earthly Possessions (TV Show)

Director

Sunday in the Park With George (TV Show)

Director
Writer (2)

Into the Woods 2014 (Movie)

(from musical: "Into the Woods") (Source Material)

Into the Woods 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A leading playwright and stage director, James Lapine briefly shifted his attentions to film in the early 1990s, but after two well-crafted features that earned modest box office takes, he returned to the theater.

Relationships

David Sanford Lapine

Father

Lillian Lapine

Mother

Sarah Kernochan

Wife
married on February 24, 1985 won Oscar for co-directing documentary "Marjoe" (1972) wrote screenplay to "Impromptu" (1990) wrote and directed "The Hairy Bird/Strike/All I Wanna Do" (1999)

Phoebe Lapine

Daughter
born c. 1986

EDUCATION

Franklin & Marshall College

Lancaster , Pennsylvania

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California

Milestones

2005

Directed the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"; earned a Tony nomination for directing

2002

Re-staged and slightly revised the book to "Into the Woods"; production opened in L.A. before moving to Broadway

2000

With Claudia Shear, conceived "Dirty Blonde", a play about Mae West and two people who idolize her; also staged; show originally produced at the New York Theater Workshop; moved to Broadway in May; earned Tony nomination for direction

2000

Play "The Moment When" briefly staged at Playwrights Horizons in a production directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg

1999

Helmed the HBO original movie "Earthly Possessions", starring Susan Sarandon

1999

Wrote book for and directed the stage musical "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", based on the animated Disney film; composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz added to the song score composed for the feature

1998

Re-staged "Golden Child" for Broadway; show panned by critics and failed to find audience

1998

Reunited with William Finn to co-write book for the musical "A New Brain", loosely inspired by Finn's own medical problems

1997

Staged the revised version of "The Diary of Anne Frank" starring Natalie Portman; playwright Wendy Kesselman adapted the award-winning original script by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

1996

Directed the Off-Broadway production of David Henry Hwang's play "Golden Child"

1996

Adapted and staged "Passion" for TV; aired on PBS before release on video

1995

Revisited "Twelve Dreams", directing and revising script for Off-Broadway staging at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center; Donna Murphy co-starred

1994

Third collaboration with Sondheim, "Passion"; wrote script and staged; won third Tony Award for Book of a Musical; originally intended as a one-act to be paired with another piece ("Muscle"), show developed into full-length musical; featured Donna Murphy

1993

Wrote and directed the one-act black comedy "Luck, Pluck & Virtue", adapted from Nathanael West's novel "A Cool Million"; staged at the La Jolla Playhouse

1993

Helmed second (and to date, last) feature, the comedy "Life with Mikey", starring Michael J Fox and Nathan Lane

1992

Collaborated with Finn as co-writer of book and director of the Broadway musical "Falsettos" which combined material from the Off-Broadway shows "March of the Falsettos" and "Falsettoland"; received Tony Award for Book of a Musical (shared with Finn); Pat

1991

Feature directorial debut, "Impromptu", a drama about George Sand; wife Sarah Kernochan penned script; Patinkin and Peters featured in the cast

1991

Directed TV production of "Into the Woods" with most of original Broadway cast

1990

Second collaboration with Finn, the musical sequel "Falsettoland", following the further adventures of Finn's central character Marvin

1989

Staged Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" at The Public Theatre with Patinkin featured in cast

1987

Reteamed with Sondheim for the fairy tale inspired "Into the Woods"; Peters co-starred as the Witch; won Tony Award for Book of a Musical

1985

Staged a revised version of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical "Merrily We Roll Along" at the La Jolla Playhouse

1983

First collaboration with Stephen Sondheim, "Sunday in the Park with George"; originally staged at Playwrights Horizons; Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters starred; received 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

1982

Staged a well-received production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Delacorte Theater in NYC's Central Park starring William Hurt; co-directed TV version for PBS with Emile Ardolino

1981

Began collaboration with William Finn for "March of the Falsettos"; produced Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons

1981

Enjoyed critical hit with original play "Twelve Dreams", produced at New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Theater; also directed

1980

Breakthrough stage work, the play "Table Settings"

1978

First staged "Twelve Dreams" as a work-in-progress

1977

Made theater directorial debut with Gertrude Stein's "Photograph"; also adapted

Taught design at the Yale School of Drama

Designed graphics for the Yale Repertory Theatre

Worked as a photographer

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