Composer honored for contributions to musical theater

Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer-lyricist Paul Williams (“A Star Is Born,” “The Muppet Movie”) will receive the Goodspeed Award for contribution to musical theater. The composer, whose work is primarily in film and television, will receive the kudo at the theater’s gala June 12.

Williams wrote the score to “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” — a stage version of the 1977 TV special that featured Williams songs — and the tuner version of tube skein “Happy Days,” both of which played the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn.Previous award recipients include Julie Andrews, Ira Gershwin, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, Tommy Tune, Susan Stroman and Gerald Schoenfeld.

Co-chairs for the event are writer-director-producer Garry Marshall and his wife, Barbara; puppeteer-director-producer Brian Henson; composer-lyricist Schwartz (“Wicked”); and Steve Sauer.

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