NEW YORK CITY: New Dramatists has named Lisa Kron and Daniel Zaitchik the winners of the 2017 Kleban Prizes for writing in musical theatre. Each award includes a $100,000 cash prize.
The Kleban Foundation, established in 1988 in honor of composer and lyricist Edward Kleban, recognizes musical theatre librettists and lyricists. Applicants’ work must have been previously produced onstage or in a workshop production; they must have been or be a current member of a professional musical workshop or theatre group; and their work must not have appeared on Broadway for more than a two-year period. This year’s judges included Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Mary Testa, and Ira Weitman.
Kron won for most promising musical theatre librettist. She wrote the book and lyrics for Fun Home, which received two Tony Awards in 2015 and ran for a year and a half on Broadway. She also wrote and performed in Well and 2.5 Minute Ride.
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