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Valerie Vigoda



Biography

2009 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rogers New Horizons Award, Valerie Vigoda, a lyricist, plays electric violin, sings and writes.  She grew up in McLean, VA and has toured the world with Cyndi Lauper, Joe Jackson and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  An honors graduate of Princeton and former Army lieutenant, Valerie founded the band GrooveLily in 1994 and spent years touring the indie circuit.  Now she spends more time creating projects with her collaborators including Striking 12 (Off-Broadway, regional and Theatreworks, directed by Ted Sperling), Sleeping Beauty Wakes (Center Theatre Group and Deaf West), Toy Story:  The Musical (Disney Creative Entertainment), Long Story Short (Pittsburgh City Theatre, Theatreworks), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Paper Mill Playhouse and McCarter Theatre, directed by Tina Landau) and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (in development).  Their songs are prominently featured in three upcoming Disney animated films about Tinker Bell.  Valerie and her husband Brendan Milburn are two time recipients of the Jonathan Larson Award (2006 and 2008).
Valerie Vigoda