Shaina Taub 2019 Kleban Prize Winner Lyricist with Andrea Grody, Kim Blanck and Jenn Colella

The annual KLEBAN PRIZE FOR MUSICAL THEATRE presentation took place Monday, February 4 at ASCAP, 250 W. 57th Street.  Broadway’s  legendary musical theater creators and up-and-comers alike, came out to honor this year’s three prize winners, perform some of their material, and present the prizes at a reception hosted by ASCAP and BMI.

2019 Kleban Prize Winners for Musical Theatre-Sarah Hammond, Charlie Sohne and Shaina Taub with Members of the Kleban Foundation Board of Directors-Richard Maltby Jr., Maury Yeston, Elliott Brown, Sarah Douglas, John Weidman, Richard Terrano and Andre Bishop

Sarah Hammond 2019 Kleban Prize Winner Lyricist with Kyle Sherman, Will Aronson, Mallory Hawks and Michael Winther

In addition to this year’s winners,  Sarah Hammond (the most promising musical theater lyricist, tie), Shaina Taub (the most promising musical theater lyricist, tie), and Charlie Sohne (the most promising musical theater librettist), this year’s attendees included Sheldon Harnick(Tony Award and Pulitizer Prize-winning lyricist – Fiddler on the RoofShe Loves Me),  Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Tony nominated actor Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden; Romance, Romance), Richard Maltby, Jr. (Tony Award-winning director, conceiver, lyricist – Ain’t Misbehavin’BabyMiss Saigon), John Weidman (Tony-nominated librettist – ContactAnything GoesAssassinsPacific Overtures), Maury Yeston (Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist – NineTitanic), Michael Winther (Mamma Mia!and more.

Photos: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Video: Magda Katz