Stars, awards, scholarships and even a musical tribute to Cy Coleman by Kiss Me Kate’s Brian Stokes Mitchell are scheduled at an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) awards event at Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Playhouse on Dec. 7.
ASCAP composers and lyricists frequently cross over to musical theatre and many of the talents who pass through these awards programs at this stage go on to establish popular careers in theatre.
The ASCAP Foundation 2000 Awards honors legends as well: the event will feature the presentation of ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers Award to musical theatre's Cy Coleman, as well as lifetime achievement awards to Marian McPartland (in jazz) and posthumously to Robert Allen (in pop).
The two-hour, invitation-only affair is structured as a comprehensive clean sweep of scholarship presentations. Also scheduled to attend are Lilith Fair Songwriting Contest runner up Carla Rose Arnone; Louis Armstrong Scholarship at Queens College recipient Keith Pray; Leonard Bernstein Composer Fellowship at Tanglewood recipient Adam B. Silverman; Sammy Cahn Award recipient Chris Keup; Max Dreyfus Scholarship at NYU Tisch recipient Nathan Tysen; Dreyfus Warner/Chappell City College Scholarship recipient Russian Agababayev; Ira Gershwin Award at La Guardia High School recipients Anna Kim and Xiaodan Zheng; Leiber and Stoller Scholarship recipients Philip Beaudreu, Jovanni-Rey V. De Piedro; Frederick Loewe Scholarship at NYU Tisch recipient Nils Dolven, Michael Masser Scholarship Honoring Whitney Houston recipient Anaysha Figueroa; Metropolitan Opera Guild Composer-in-Residence Josh “Bo” Bell; NYU Film Fellowship in Florence recipients Alessandro De Angelis and Adam Schoenberg; Rudolf Nissim Award recipient Justin Wayne Merritt and Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award winners Stephen Weiner and Glenn Slater.
This is the fifth annual reception of its kind held by ASCAP. The Dec. 7 event takes place at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse of the Rose Building at 70 Lincoln Center Plaza from 5-7 PM.