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"I want the musical to show people the depths of human lows, and then to lift them back up in a really true way, past where they would normally go."
Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon: The Testament of a Broadway Musical

Robert Lopez (born February 23, 1975) is a rather versatile and witty songwriter, who rose into prominence during the early 21st century. With help from such collaborators as BMI Workshop classmate Jeffrey Marx, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Bobby's wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, he has found success writing for both the stage and the screen, which helped him become the first person to achieve The EGOT multiple times.






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  • Affectionate Parody:
    • His first two Broadway hits provided loving pastiches of Sesame Street (Avenue Q), and musicals in general (The Book of Mormon).
    • For WandaVision, he and Kristen emulated Sitcom theme songs from different decades.
  • Creator Cameo: He voices the "rumbly in [Pooh's] tumbly" in Winnie the Pooh (2011), for which he and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were the songwriters.
  • Creator Couple: As you can see above, he collaborates with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopeznote  more than anyone else.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: He helped write the Trope Naming song.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Among other examples, The Book of Mormon has a jubilant-sounding Crowd Song about cursing God ("Hasa Diga Eebowai") and Frozen has a Self Empowerment Anthem about running away from life's problems ("Let it Go"). The latter actually started out as a Villain Song until hearing the demo, performed by Robert and his wife Kristen, inspired a complete restructuring of the film to make Elsa much more sympathetic, a Deuteragonist rather than a villain.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: He invoked a real-life example in his second Oscar acceptance speech (for "Remember Me"); when it started to run overtime, the Academy's stock music started playing, but after he thanked his recently-deceased mother, the cue suddenly stopped.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Of Disney and South Park. This proved mutual in at least the latter case, as Trey and Matt started collaborating with Bobby after enjoying Avenue Q.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist", from Avenue Q, drew from Robert Lopez's experiences growing up with a Filipino Racist Grandma.
    • "Remember Me" struck him and Kristen Anderson-Lopez close to home, since it's sung by a musician whose career interfered with spending time with his daughter (the eponymous Coco). The song's somber renditions gained another layer when Robert lost his mother prior to the premiere; he even sung it at her funeral.
    • When Bobby and Kristen were writing the songs for Winnie the Pooh (2011), their infant daughter was having trouble sleeping through the night. So in "The Backson Song", they had Kanga claim the Backson "wakes up babies at two or three" from experience.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: In addition to his songs, he and Kristen Anderson-Lopez delivered their first Oscar acceptance speech (for "Let it Go") in rhyme.
  • Trolling Creator: For the Frozen Blu-ray and Digital HD copy, Bobby and Kristen penned "The Making of Frozen", a song in which the cast and crew — including the Lopez couple — boast that they'll tell fans how they made the movie, but ultimately admit, "We don't know!"
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Before Avenue Q, Robert and Jeffrey pitched an official Muppet movie, Kermit: Prince of Denmark, a loose Hamlet adaptation they created at BMI. It ended up getting rejected by the Jim Henson Company, then shelved by the Muppets Holding Company.
    • After Frozen, Disney tasked Bobby and Kristen with writing songs for a Jack and the Beanstalk adaptation, Gigantic. This also got shelved before completion, though the Lopezes performed one of its numbers at a D23 Expo.

Alternative Title(s): Bobby Lopez


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