As previously announced, the 2021 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theater Lyricist has been awarded to the lyricist Benjamin scheuer. The Kleban Prize for the Most Promising Musical Theater Librettist has been awarded to librettists Melissa Li and Kit Yan.
This free streaming event will feature musical performances from this year’s recipients and will be hosted by Tony Award winners and members of the Kleban Foundation Board of Trustees. Richard Maltby Jr. and Maury yeston.
For those who cannot attend the first streaming on Broadway on demand, The presentation of the Kleban Prize 2021 can be viewed online at www.NewDramatists.org/Kleban-Prize-Musical-Theatre from Tuesday March 16 at 10 a.m.,
Since its inception, the winners of the Kleban Prize have been selected by juries made up of the theater’s most respected artists and administrators. The trio of award-winning judges who made the final decision this year were actor Raúl Esparza (Company, Taboo); Kleban Prize and Rodgers Prize winning librettist Mike lew (Teenage Dick, Tiger Style); and actor-director Seret Scott (for girls of color …, My Sister, My Sister).
For more than three decades, the annual Kleban Award for Musical Theater has awarded more than $ 6,000,000 to 79 artists who have collectively won four Tony Awards (with nearly 30 Tony nominations), 59 Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, 10 Drama Desk Awards, nine Outer Critic Circle Awards, four Obie Awards, two Olivier Awards and two Pulitzer Prizes.
The list of previous Kleban Prize winners includes Lisa Kron (Fun house), Robert L. Freedman and Steven lutvak(A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder),David Lindsay Abaire (Shrek), Jason robert brown (Parade, The last five years), Jean Bucchino (A catering business is only life), Weeping Gretchen (I pull myself together and hit the road, Isaac’s last sweet days), Michael korie (Gray Gardens, Happiness), Jeff Marx and Robert lopez (Avenue Q), Michael John La Chiusa (Giant, see what I wanna see, The Wild Party), Glenn slater (The Little Mermaid) and John weidman (Pacific Openings, Road Show, Assassins).
“For more than three decades, the Kleban Prize for Musical Theater has been one of the most distinctive honors in theater, and in this unique and stimulating year, Ed KlébanThe legacy of is perhaps more important than ever in its engagement and promotion of the creators of American musical theater of tomorrow, ”said Tony Award winner Richard Maltby Jr, President of the Kleban Foundation.
“Ed Kléban recognized that the creators of theatrical words found it most difficult to provide for themselves while honing their craft, and the Kleban Prizes are therefore specifically aimed at librettists and lyricists. Particularly about 2020 – 2021, it should be noted that the Kleban Prize is not awarded to a specific work already completed (as other theater prizes do), but instead, recognizing the excellence of past work, it is awarded to writers in anticipation of work yet to be done.
With an exceptionally generous endowment, the Kleban Prize identifies, celebrates and supports the most promising writing talents in theater, at a time when emerging and established writers need help most. In these difficult times, the Kleban Foundation is proud to continue Ed Klébanenlightened legacy of, and to continue to encourage the work of new writers, as well as to support writers who have already begun to establish themselves. The winners of the Kleban Prize are the artists who will define the art form for years to come. We celebrate them, their new perspectives and their creative energy that will be so important to the theater when it returns. “