Mills, Wyner score Kleban prize

Award for musical creatives comes with $100,000

Up-and-coming tuner creatives Peter Mills and Barry Wyner have been tapped to pick up the 2010 Kleban Prize in Musical Theater, the big-money legit kudo that awards $100,000 to each winner.

Resume of composer-lyricist Mills, who won for lyric writing, includes “Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge,” the recent bluegrass adaptation of “Playboy of the Western World,” and 2005 outing “The Pursuit of Persephone.” Wyner, the winner for book writing, wrote the music, lyrics and book for “Calvin Berger,” the high school take on “Cyrano de Bergerac” that recently played the George Street Playhouse.

Kleban laurel was established in 1988 under the will of “A Chorus Line” lyricist Edward Kleban, going each year to one lyricist and one librettist. Prize this year was awarded by a trio of judges including lyricist Craig Carnelia (“Working”), Susan Drury of the Dramatists’ Guild Fund and playwright-librettist Jeffrey Sweet.

Prior winners of the Kleban prize include David Lindsay-Abaire (“Shrek the Musical”), Jason Robert Brown (“Parade”) and Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q”).

The awards will be handed out June 21 at ASCAP.

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