Composer-lyricist to receive prize later this month

Composer-lyricist Douglas J. Cohen has picked up the 2010 Fred Ebb Award, the $50,000 prize named after the late lyricist Ebb (“Chicago,” “The Scottsboro Boys”).

Cohen penned the words and music to “The Big Time,” the tuner with book by Douglas Carter Beane that has its sights set on a potential Broadway run. Other credits include “The Opposite of Sex,” “Barnstormer” (seen as part of the NAMT Festival of New Musicals in 2008) and new tuner “Nine Wives.”

Selection panel for the kudo included Sheldon Harnick, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Rebecca Luker.

“Scottsboro Boys” bookwriter David Thompson will present the award to Cohen in a ceremony set for Nov. 29.

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