David Javerbaum, a scribe for “The Daily Show,” and former staff writer for “Late Show with David Letterman,” has won the Richard Rodgers Development Award for his new musical, “Suburb.”
Tuner will soon get a fully funded staged reading before heavyweight Gotham legit producers, courtesy of the American Academy for Arts and Letters, which underwrites the Award and the reading.
Indeed, the Rodgers Development Award has proven a harbinger of Broadway and commercial Off Broadway productions to come, with past winners that include Jonathan Larson, for his Pulitzer and Tony-winning tuner, “Rent,” and helmer Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”) and hubby-composer Elliot Goldenthal’s tuner, “Juan Darien” — which likewise went on to a Broadway run.
A former writer for Harvard’s Lampoon, Javerbaum was also a Gotham-based scribe for the online satire Web site, theonion.com. He removed the “Late Show” joke yolk to devote more time to the book and lyrics to “Suburb,” a modern day take on an urban couple staring down the barrel of a move out of the big city. Tuner was composed by Robert S. Cohen.
Javerbaum was selected from an awards committee that includes theater bigs like composer Steven Sondheim, playwright John Guare (“Six Degrees of Separation”), helmer Richard Maltby Jr. (“Fosse”) and lyricist Lynn Aherns (“Ragtime) — herself a previous Development Award winner.
Javerbaum is managed by David Miner at 3 Arts Entertainment in Gotham.