Musical theater scribes Nathan Tysen (pictured above, right) and Arthur Perlman (above, left) have nabbed the 2014 Kleban Prize, the hefty annual award that comes with a $100,000 check for each of the award recipients.
The 24-year-old prize, which doles out honors to tuner lyricists and librettists, is awarded by the Kleban Foundation, the org named after the late Edward L. Kleban, lyricist of “A Chorus Line.” The funds are given to reward previous achievement and also to help artists support themselves as they create future work.
Tysen takes home the award for most promising lyricist. His tuner “The Burnt Part Boys” ran Off Broadway in 2010, and he’s currently at work on developing tuner “Amelie” with composer Dan Messe, book writer Craig Lucas and helmer Pam McKinnon, and on “Tuck Everlasting,” which he’s co-writing with “Burnt Part” composer Chris Miller and book writer Claudia Shear.
Perlman snags the Kleban kudo for librettist. He wrote the book and lyrics for the tuner adaptation of Arthur Kopit’s “Wings,” which played at the Public Theater in 1993, and also has penned titles including “Another Midsummer Night,” “The Little Prince” and “The Civil War,” a family musical unrelated to the Frank Wildhorn tuner.
Previous recipients of the Kleban Prize include current Tony nominee Jason Robert Brown (“The Bridges of Madison County”), David Lindsay-Abaire (“Shrek”) and Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q”).
Selected by a team of judges including thesp Jason Danieley, regional theater exec Colleen Jennings-Roggensack and cast-recording producer Bill Rosenfield, this year’s winners will collect their awards at a Gotham ceremony June 23.