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21st Annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre Winners Announced

THE 21ST ANNUAL KLEBAN PRIZE

FOR MUSICAL THEATRE

TWO $100,000 AWARDS TO PROMISING MUSICAL THEATRE TALENT

AWARDED IN 2011 TO

ADAM GWON

2011 KLEBAN PRIZE FOR MOST PROMISING MUSICAL THEATRE LYRICIST

 MICHELLE ELLIOTT

2011 KLEBAN PRIZE FOR MOST PROMISING MUSICAL THEATRE LIBRETTIST

 

AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED JUNE 27, 2011 AT ASCAP

The Kleban Foundation is pleased to announce that the 21st Annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist has gone to Adam Gwon and the award for the most promising musical theatre librettist has gone to Michelle Elliott. The 2011 awards will be presented on June 27, 2011, in a private ceremony (by invitation only) at ASCAP.

The Kleban Foundation was established in 1988 under the will of Edward L. Kleban, best known as the Tony® and Pulitzer Prize winning lyricist of the musical A Chorus Line.  The will made provision for two annual prizes, each in the amount of $100,000 payable over two years, to be given to the most promising lyricist and librettist in American Musical Theatre. The judges making the final determination this year were Stephen Flaherty, Michael Korie, and David Zippel.

“For two decades, The Kleban Prize has recognized and honored the American Musical Theatre’s brightest developing talents,” says Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr, President of the Kleban Foundation. “The Kleban Prize is unique in that it is bestowed not just for an artist’s previous achievements, but for the promise of creativity to come. In Ed Kleban’s experience, young composers always seemed able to support themselves in the theatre, but promising lyricists and librettists often had to struggle. This Prize was Kleban’s attempt to help promising writers when they needed support most -- when starting out. The Prize has recognized musical theatre artists who went on to create such notable productions as Avenue Q, Grey Gardens, The Wild Party, Parade, Shrek, The Last Five Years, The Little Mermaid, Assassins, The Wedding Singer and Legally Blonde.” 

Previous recipients of the annual Kleban Prize include David Lindsay-Abaire (Shrek), Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), John Bucchino (A Catered Affair, It’s Only Life), Gretchen Cryer (I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road, The Last Sweet Days of Isaac), Michael Korie (Grey Gardens, Happiness), Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), Michael John LaChiusa (See What I Want To See, The Wild Party), Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid) and John Weidman (Pacific Overtures, Road Show, Assassins). 

ABOUT THE 2011 KLEBAN PRIZE WINNERS

ADAM GWON (2011 Kleban Prize Winner, Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist) is a composer/lyricist based in New York City. His musical Ordinary Days enjoyed a sold-out run at Roundabout Underground, followed by productions in London’s West End and at theaters across the U.S. His musical The Boy Detective Fails (book: Joe Meno) will premiere at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA this fall. Other upcoming projects include: Cloudlands (w/ Octavio Solis), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (with Julia Jordan) and String (with Sarah Hammond). Honors include: 2008 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theater songwriting, the ASCAP Harold Adamson Award, the MAC John Wallowitch Award, and a MAC award nomination for best song, as well as commissions from Signature Theatre (Arlington), South Coast Repertory, Broadway Across America, and the EST/Sloan Project. Recordings: Ordinary Days (Ghostlight Records). Fellowships: MacDowell Colony, Dramatists Guild. Education: BFA, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Adam is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. www.adamgwon.com

MICHELLE ELLIOTT (2011 Kleban Prize Winner, Most Promising Musical Theatre Librettist) is a bookwriter/lyricist based in New York City. Her musical Cloaked, written with collaborator Danny Larsen (music/co-lyrics), was recently awarded a 2011 Jonathan Larson Grant. Cloaked received a workshop production at CAP 21 in June 2010, and was part of The Village Theatre's New Works Festival in August 2010. Elliott and Larsen's first musical together, The Yellow Wood, received the 2006 Richard Rodgers Development Award and the 2006 Daryl Roth Award, and was presented as part of the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival. The Yellow Wood was also part of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival in October 2008. Elliott was the co-founder and Artistic Director of Frontier Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she wrote, directed and produced six original musicals. Elliott is a proud member of ASCAP. She studied as a bookwriter/lyricist in NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and was a recipient of the Tisch Achievement Award. She also holds an M.A. in Directing and a B.A. in Performance. For more information, visit www.ElliottLarsenMusicals.com.

Submission guidelines and an application for the 2012 Kleban Prize are available at the New Dramatists website, www.newdramatists.org.

The postmark deadline for the next competition is September 15, 2011.

THE KLEBAN FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Andre Bishop       Elliot H. Brown       Sheldon Harnick       Richard Maltby, Jr.        Francis Neuwirth        John Weidman        Maury Yeston

THE KLEBAN PRIZE
LIST OF WINNERS AND JUDGES
 

1990-91

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  MARK CAMPBELL

Most promising musical theatre librettist: GRETCHEN CRYER

Judges: JERRY HERMAN, STEPHEN SONDHEIM, JOSEPH STEIN

1991-92

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  CRAIG CARNELIA

Judges: LEE ADAMS, MARY ROGERS, STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

1992-93

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  BARRY KLEINBORT

Most promising musical theatre librettist: LANIE ROBERTSON

Judges: JERRY BOCK, BETTY COMDON, GRETCHEN CRYER

1993-94

Most promising musical theatre lyricist: (tie) JOE KEENAN and JIM MORGAN

Most promising musical theatre librettist: WILLIAM STRZEMPEK

Judges: SUSAN BIRKENHEAD, CRAIG CARNELIA, JACK VIERTEL

1994-95

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  MARK WALDROP

Most promising musical theatre librettist: JOHN JILER

Judges: SHELDON HARNICK, CHARLES STROUSE, WENDY WASSERSTEIN

1995-96

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  GLENN SLATER

Most promising musical theatre librettist: JOHN WEIDMAN

Judges: CAROL HALL, WILLIAM FINN, JONATHAN TUNICK

1996-97

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  MICHAEL KORIE

Most promising musical theatre librettist: BRIAN CRAWLEY

Judges: MARTIN CHARNIN, JAMES FREYDBERG, DAVID SHIRE

1997-98

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  SARAH SCHLESINGER

Most promising musical theatre librettist: (tie) LISSA LEVIN and LUIS SANTIERO

Judges: ELLEN FITZHUGH, JOHN MORRIS, JOHN WEIDMAN

1998-99

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  KIRSTEN CHILDS

Most promising musical theatre librettist: MICHAEL JOHN LACHIUSA

Judges: LYNN AHRENS, JOHN JILER, JOHN KANDER

1999-2000

Most promising musical theatre lyricist: (tie) MARION ADLER, CHAD BEGUELIN, ROBERT LOPEZ/JEFF MARX and DAVID SPENCER

Most promising musical theatre librettist: STEPHEN COLE

Judges: FRED EBB, HENRY KRIEGER, WILLIAM RUSSELL

2000-01

Most promising musical theatre lyricist: (tie) JOHN BUCCHINO and PATRICK COOK

Most promising musical theatre librettist: CHARLES LEIPART

Judges: NAN KNIGHTON, MICHAEL JOHN LACHIUSA, GLENN SLATER

 

2001-02

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  JASON ROBERT BROWN

Most promising musical theatre librettist: LORI MCKELVEY

Judges: JEROME COOPERSMITH, MARVIN HAMLISCH, MARSHA NORMAN

 

2002-03

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  NELL BENJAMIN

Most promising musical theatre librettist: SUSAN DILALLO

Judges: ARTHUR KOPIT, CHARLES LEIPART, FRANK WILDHORN

 

2003-04

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  LAURENCE O’KEEFE

Most promising musical theatre librettist: JULIA JORDAN

Judges: SUSAN DILALLO, BILL GOLDSTEIN, LONNIE PRICE

 

2004-05

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  DAVID JAVERBAUM

Most promising musical theatre librettist: (tie) CHERYL L. DAVIS and KEN STONE

Judges: JULIA JORDAN, MICHAEL JOHN LACHIUSA, JEFFREY SWEET

 

2005-06

Most promising musical theatre lyricist: (tie) ALISON LOUISE HUBBARD

and ROBERT L. FREEDMAN/STEVEN LUTVAK

Most promising musical theatre librettist: LAURENCE HOLZMAN/FELICIA NEEDLEMAN

Judges: CHERYL L. DAVIS, SUSAN DRURY, KEN STONE

 

2006-07

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  JOE ICONIS

Most promising musical theatre librettist: JEREMY DESMON

Judges: RICK ELICE, CAROL HALL, CHARLES KOPELMAN

 

2007-08

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE

Most promising musical theatre librettist: (tie) LAURA HARRINGTON

and BILL SOLLY/DONALD WARD

Judges: BETH BLICKERS, LINDA KLINE, GILBERT PARKER

 

2008-09

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  BETH FALCONE

Most promising musical theatre librettist: KAIT KERRIGAN

Judges: SHELDON HARNICK, THOMAS Z. SHEPARD, SHERMAN YELLEN

 

2009-10

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  PETER MILLS

Most promising musical theatre librettist: BARRY WYNER

Judges: CRAIG CARNELIA, SUSAN DRURY, JEFFREY SWEET

 

2010-11

Most promising musical theatre lyricist:  ADAM GWON

Most promising musical theatre librettist: MICHELLE ELLIOTT

Judges: STEPHEN FLAHERTY, MICHAEL KORIE, DAVID ZIPPEL

For more information about The Kleban Prize visit

http://www.newdramatists.org/kleban_award.htm