Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich

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On Monday, November 30, The Fred Ebb Foundation in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company presented the fifth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters to Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich. The award, named in honor of the late award-winning lyricist Fred Ebb, was presented by Eric Schaeffer of the Signature Theatre in the Penthouse Lobby of The American Airlines Theater.

The Fred Ebb Award recognizes excellence in musical theatre songwriting, by a lyricist, composer, or songwriting team that has not yet achieved significant commercial success. The award is meant to encourage and support aspiring songwriters to create new works for the musical theatre. The prize includes a $50,000 award. The Fred Ebb Foundation is funded by royalties from Mr. Ebb's vast catalogue of work. Past winners include John Bucchino (2005), Steve Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman (2006), Peter Mills (2007) and Adam Gwon (2008). The selection panel is comprised of: Foundation Trustee Mitchell S. Bernard; lyricist, writer and composer Sheldon Harnick; Music Director David Loud; Actress Debra Monk; Playwright/producer Tim Pinckney; Theatre producer Arthur Whitelaw.

Author Marcy Heisler and Composer Zina Goldrich, who have been collaborating since 1993, also received 2009 Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Lyrics and Music for Dear Edwina and are past recipients of ASCAP's Richard Rodgers New Horizons Theatre Award. Praised by The New York Times as a "bright inventive production" that "beguiles with rock, rag, rhythm and blues and doo wop among other attractions," Marcy and Zina's JUNIE B. JONES enjoyed three highly successful off-Broadway runs under the auspices of Theatreworks USA, earning two Lucille Lortel Award nominations. As performers, Marcy and Zina have toured domestically and internationally, presenting their music at some of the finest venues, including Carnegie Hall, Canada's "Juste Pour Rire" comedy festival and the Kennedy Center. Together and apart, Marcy and Zina have provided original songs for The Disney Channel, Disney Interactive and Feature Animation projects, Disney Theatricals, PBS, and Nickelodeon. November 2009 marks the release of MARCY AND ZINA: The Album on Yellow Sound Label, and their Songbooks Volumes 1 and 2 are available from Hal Leonard. They have many new theatrical projects in the works, including an adaptation of the tale of Snow White and Rose Red, a Cyrano story set in the Brill Building Era, and a musical version of FREAKIN' FABULOUS, based on the bestselling book by author and stylemaker Clinton Kelly of TLC's What Not To Wear.

For more information about Marcy and Zina, visit www.marcyandzina.com.

Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
The 2009 Fred Ebb Award

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Mitchell Bernard and Debra Monk

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Michael McCormick, Debra Monk and Edward Hibbert

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Tom Kitt and John Bucchino

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Ed Watts, Tim Pinckney, and Heidi Blickenstaff

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Michaela Rome, Marcy Heisler, Sandra Coudert, and Madeline McEneney

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Leslie Owen and Sandra Coudert

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Zina Goldrich, Kevin McCollum, and Marcy Heisler

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Karen Ziemba and Edward Hibbert

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Eric Schaeffer, Emily Skinner, and Clinton Kelly

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Adam Gwon

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Brian Yorkey and Heidi Blickenstaff

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Noah Racey and Guest

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Billy Stritch

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Tyler Adcock and Morgan Rose

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Mitchell Bernard

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Eric Schaeffer

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler, and Eric Schaeffer

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
David Goldsmith

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
David Goldsmith

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Marcy Heisler

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Elena Shaddow and Marcy Heisler

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Elena Shaddow

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Elena Shaddow

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Elena Shaddow

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Elena Shaddow

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Jill Abramovitz

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Jill Abramovitz

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Jill Abramovitz

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Jonathan Root

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Jonathan Root

Photo Coverage: 2009 Fred Ebb Awards Honor Heisler and Goldrich
Jonathan Root

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Peter James Zielinski As an Equity actor, Peter is photographing the industry from the inside out. He has performed in numerous shows regionally, sung a duet with Richard Chamberlain in the National Tour of "Scrooge," and starred in "The Zoo Project" which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. When not on stage, he can be found photographing headshots and live theatre in NYC, Chicago and LA. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, he also acts as a retouching artist for photographers city-wide. For more information, please visit: http://www.pjzstudios.com