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Kleban Foundation honors duo

Rising stars Desmon, Iconis win award

The Kleban Foundation will hand out $100,000 each to two up-and-comers: librettist Jeremy Desmon and lyricist Joe Iconis.

Award, administered by New Dramatists and named after the composer-lyricist who wrote lyrics for “A Chorus Line,” is presented annually to one musical theater book writer and one lyricist deemed the most promising on the legit landscape.

Desmon wrote the book, music and lyrics for “The Girl in the Frame,” recently seen at the Goodspeed, and contributed to Theaterworks’ “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” His tuner “I See London, I See France (The Underwear Musical)” will be an invited participant at this year’s New York Musical Theater Fest.

Iconis wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book to “The Black Suits,” which will be a part of the 2007-08 season at Off Broadway’s MCC Theater.

Rick Elice (book writer for “Jersey Boys”), Carol Hall (composer of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”) and agent Charles Kopelman made the final selection of the winners.

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