Adam Gwon Musical String, a Modern-Day Twist on the Greek Fates, Wins Richard Rodgers Award

News   Adam Gwon Musical String, a Modern-Day Twist on the Greek Fates, Wins Richard Rodgers Award
String, a new musical by Adam Gwon and Sarah Hammond, was awarded the 2015 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater. The show will receive a studio production.

String, according to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which administers the Rodgers, "is a modern-day twist on the story of the three Greek Fates: Atropos, Lachesis, and Clotho. Atropos, a workaholic goddess, gets tangled up with a security guard in the basement of the tallest building in the world. One mistake leads to another (a lost pair of scissors, a kiss, a stolen string) and soon, Atropos, the oldest Fate, breaks her own rules to offer immortality to an ordinary man."

The intent of the award is to "nurture talented composers and playwrights by enabling their musicals to be produced in New York City."

This year's jury included Tania Leon (chair); Lynn Ahrens; Sheldon Harnick; Richard Maltby, Jr.; Jeanine Tesori; and John Weidman.

The Richard Rodgers Awards are the Academy's only awards for which applications are accepted. Application forms for the Richard Rodgers Awards may be downloaded from

Gwon is a composer and lyricist whose musicals Ordinary Days, Cloudlands and The Boy Detective Fails have been produced at Roundabout Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Signature Theatre and internationally, including London's West End. Read more about his work in's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know. Hammond is a Brooklyn-based playwright and librettist, who is an alum of New Dramatists and a new member of Ars Nova's Uncharted, where she will develop a musical with Will Aronson. Her musicals are Barefoot Persephone (with Cheeyoung Kim) and String (with Gwon).

A song from String, entitled "Security," was premiered at the Playbill's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know: LIVE! concert. Watch it below.

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