Devil in the Flesh, The Tutor, and Once Upon a Time in New Jersey Win 2003 Rodgers Awards

News   Devil in the Flesh, The Tutor, and Once Upon a Time in New Jersey Win 2003 Rodgers Awards The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced three new musical works as winners of the 2003 Richard Rodgers Award March 5.

Winners are Andrew Gerle and Maryrose Wood's The Tutor, Susan DiLallo and Stephen Weiner's Once Upon a Time in New Jersey and Jeffrey Lunden and Arthur Perlman's The Devil in the Flesh.

The Tutor will receive a studio production, and Once Upon a Time in New Jersey and The Devil in the Flesh earned development awards for staged readings. The three shows will be presented by not- for-profit theatres in New York City, per the award's mandate. Since 1980, 53 awards have been given toward full or studio stagings or readings.

The shows were chosen by a committee that included Stephen Sondheim, Lynn Ahrens, Jack Beeson, William Bolcom, John Guare, Sheldom Harnick, Richard Maltby and Robert Ward.

The Tutor is billed as an edgy, six-character about a neurotic would-be novelist and the privileged faux-punk teenager he has been hired to get into Princeton.

Once Upon a Time in New Jersey is a musical comedy set in Hoboken in 1956, about a shy deli man who switches places with the town stud in order to win the heart of the woman he loves. The Devil in the Flesh is an adaptation of Raymond Radiguet's World War I-set novel about a doomed love affair between a young man and a wife whose husband is at war.

Lunden and Perlman may be the best known of the winners. They penned the award-winning musical, Wings, based on the Arthur Kopit play, and the musical, Another Midsummer Night. Composer Stephen Weiner's newyorkers was seen at Manhattan Theatre Club.