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Photo Coverage: Daniel Mate and Alan Gordon Receive 2013 Kleban Prize

Yesterday, the Kleban Foundation presented the 23rd annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist to Daniel Maté and the 23rd annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist to Alan Gordon. Check out photos from the special ceremony below!

The Kleban Foundation was established in 1988 under the will of Edward L. Kleban, best known as the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning lyricist of the musical A Chorus Line. The will made provision for two annual prizes, which in recent years have totaled $100,000 each payable over two years, to be given to the most promising lyricist and librettist in American Musical Theatre. The judges making the final determination this year were Director of the Theater Wing at the Kaufman Center, Sean Hartley; award winning composer Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls, The Tap Dance Kid), and Tony Award-winning actress Michele Pawk (Crazy For You, Hollywood Arms, Cabaret).

"For two decades, The Kleban Prize has recognized and honored the American Musical Theatre's brightest developing talents," says Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr, President of the Kleban Foundation. "The Kleban Prize is unique in that it is bestowed not just for an artist's previous achievements, but for the promise of creativity to come. In Ed Kleban's experience, young composers always seemed able to support themselves in the theatre, but promising lyricists and librettists often had to struggle. This Prize was Kleban's attempt to help promising writers when they needed support most -- when starting out."

Previous recipients of the annual Kleban Prize include David Lindsay-Abaire (Shrek), Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), John Bucchino (A Catered Affair, It's Only Life), Gretchen Cryer (I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road, The Last Sweet Days of Isaac), Michael Korie (Grey Gardens, Happiness), Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), Michael John LaChiusa (Giant, See What I Want To See, The Wild Party), Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid) and John Weidman (Pacific Overtures, Road Show, Assassins).

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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2013 Kleban Prize winners Daniel Mate and Alan Gordon


2013 Kleban Prize winner Daniel Mate


2013 Kleban Prize winner Alan Gordon


2013 Kleban Prize winner Daniel Mate


2013 Kleban Prize winner Daniel Mate


2013 Kleban Prize winner Alan Gordon


2013 Kleban Prize winner Alan Gordon


(Back) Patrick Cook, Michael Kerker, (Front) Daniel Mate and Alan Gordon


(clockwise from top left) Sheldon Harnick, Elliot Brown, Richard Maltby, Jr., Richard Terrano and Maury Yeston pose for photos with 2013 Kleban Prize winners, Alan Gordon and Daniel Mate


(clockwise from bottom left) Jillian Louis, Joy Son, Jonathan Rayson and Tara Novie pose for photos with 2013 Kleban Prize winner Alan Gordon


(clockwise from bottom left) Jillian Louis, Joy Son, Jonathan Rayson and Tara Novie pose for photos with 2013 Kleban Prize winner Alan Gordon


(clockwise from top left) Will Aronson, Grace McLean and Bob Stillman pose for photos with 2013 Kleban Prize winner Daniel Mate


(clockwise from top left) Sean Hartley, Michele Pawk and Henry Krieger pose for photos with 2013 Kleban Prize winners, Daniel Mate and Alan Gordon


(clockwise from top left) Sean Hartley, Michele Pawk and Henry Krieger pose for photos with 2013 Kleban Prize winners, Daniel Mate and Alan Gordon


(clockwise from top left) Sheldon Harnick, Elliot Brown, Richard Maltby, Jr., Richard Terrano and Maury Yeston pose for photos with 2013 Kleban Prize winners, Daniel Mate and Alan Gordon

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