James Lapine Biography, Age, Career, Marital Status, Salary and Net Worth

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Who is James Lapine?

James Elliot Lapine is an American prominent stage director, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist. He has won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical three times, for Into the Woods, Falsettos, and Passion. Frequently he has collaborated with Stephen Sondheim and William Finn.

How Old Is James Lapine?

He is 73 years old as of July 2022, having been born on January 10, 1949, in Mansfield, Ohio, U.S. James shares her birthdate with celebrities such as; Ben Azelart, Kobe Morris, Avi Angel, Mason Mount, Jadyn Xavier, and many more.

James Lapine Family

Who are James Lapine’s Parents?

He was born to David Sanford Lapine (Father) and Lillian Feld (Mother).

Does James Lapine have Siblings?

There is no news on the internet showing whether he has siblings or was born as the only child. In case there is news regarding this matter, we will update it here as soon as possible.

James Lapine Education

He received his education at Franklin and Marshall College where he graduated in 1971. Later, he graduated to study photography and graphic design at the California Institute of the Arts where he received an MFA in 1973.

A Photo of James Lapine
A Photo of James Lapine

James Lapine Marital Status

He is married to the love of his life, Sarah Kernochan (born on December 30, 1947) an American documentarian, film director, screenwriter, and producer.

James Lapine Kids

He and his wife have one kid, a daughter by the name of Phoebe Lapine, a writer, gluten-free chef, culinary instructor, recipe developer, wellness blogger, Hashimoto’s advocate, and speaker.

James Lapine Career

He was a photographer, graphic designer, and architectural preservationist and also taught design at the Yale School of Drama. At Yale University, in 1977 he wrote an adaption of and directed Gertrude Stein’s Photograph which was produced Off-Broadway at the Open Space In SoHo. In 1981, he went on to write and direct Off-Broadway plays and musicals directing composer William Finn’s March of the Falsettos; the musical went on to win the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play. The New York Times theatre critic, Frank Rich, noted “Mr. Lapine’s widely resourceful staging”. James was then introduced to Stephen Sondheim in 1982. And the pair developed Sunday in the Park with George: where James wrote the book and directed, as Sondheim created the music and lyrics. In 1983, the play was first produced Off-Broadway and in 1984 moved to Broadway.

Their next musical play was Into the Woods which premiered in 1987 on Broadway, for which James won the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical. Next, they collaborated on the musical Passion which James wrote the book and directed. In 1994, the musical ran on Broadway and on the West End in 1996 thus receiving a nomination for the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Moreover, it went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical among other awards and nominations. Their last collaboration was the revue Soundheim on Sondheim. In 2010, it was presented on Broadway where it won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revue. James then returned to work with William Finn in 1992 and wrote the book and directed the Broadway musical Falsettos.

Career Continuation

In 1998, he wrote the book and Finn composed the music for A New Brain which premiered Off-Broadway. Later they worked together on Finn’s musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which premiered Off-Broadway in 2005 and later moved to Broadway. The latest Finn-James work is Little Miss Sunshine which premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in California in 2011. James has also directed dramas including Dirty Blonde which ran Off-Broadway and then in 2000 on Broadway. Conceived by Claudia Shear and James and written by Shear with direction from James, Ben Brantley called James’ direction “stylish and compassionate”. And thus James went on to be nominated for the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Director of a Play. He went on to direct the 2012 Broadway revival of Annie.

And wrote a stage adaptation of the Moss Hart autobiography Act One which premiered in April 2014 on Broadway at the Lincoln Centre Vivian Beaumont Theatre. He then wrote the book for and directed the new musical Flying Over Sunset. A staged singing/reading was presented in August 2015 at the Vineyard Arts Project (Martha’s Vineyard). The composer is Tom Kitt while the lyrics are by Michael Korie. The musical premiered on Broadway on November 11, 2021, at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in previews with the official opening scheduled for December 13. However, the production was originally scheduled to open on April 16, 2020, but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Career Continuation

He directed his first film in 1991, entitles Impromptu, which has a screenplay by his wife, Sarah Kernochan. The story revolves around the romance of Georgia Sand and Chopin and stars Hugh Grant and Judy Davis. Later, he followed this with Life With Mikey, with Michael J. Fox for Disney. In 1993, he directed Passion with the original Broadway cast for television. He went on to direct the film version of Anne Tyler’s novel Earthly Posseeeions for HBO in 1999, starring Susan Sarandon and Stephen Dorff. In 2014, he wrote the screenplay for Disney’s film version of Into the Woods directed by Rob Marshall. Whereas in 2016 he wrote and directed the film Custody with Catalina Sandino, Hayden Panettiere, and Viola Davis.

On October 19, 2015, he received the 2015 Mr. Abbott Award at a special gala. The award is presented by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation “in recognition of a lifetime of exceptional achievement in the theatre”. On August 3, 2021, his book Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park with George was released. And reviewed by Alan Cumming in a cover story in the New York Times Book Review on August 8, 2021.

James Lapine Height and Measurements

Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 5tf 10inches (1.78m) and a weight of 75kg (165lbs).

James Lapine’s Salary and Nte Worth

His salary is not mentioned on the internet but has an estimated net worth of $16 million.