Vigoda and Milburn co-wrote the pop holiday-themed musical Striking 12 (with librettist Rachel Sheinkin) and are appearing in and writing music for Paper Mill Playhouse and McCarter Theatre's upcoming co-production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tina Landau.
Milburn is also working on Watt?!? with writer David Javerbaum and a new musical Sleeping Beauty (with Vigoda and Sheinkin) commissioned by DeafWest. Another GrooveLily musical, Wheel House, is in the works with collaborator Gene Lewin (the drummer vocalist of GrooveLily) and book writer Rachel Sheinkin.
The board of trustees of the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation and the 2006 awards selection panel (Joe Calarco, Barry Singer, Stephen Schwartz and Tim Weil) announced the recipients at a Feb. 16 lunch at New York City's "21" Club.
Monetary Larson grants go to individual writers and organizations. The awards and foundation are named for the rising young composer-lyricist-librettist of Rent who died prematurely of an undiagnosed heart ailment on the eve of Rent's debut in Manhattan a decade ago.
The 2006 recipients also include:
New York Shakespeare Festival/The Public Theater, which is developing the musical Passing Strange by Mark Stewart and Heidi Rodewald. The Larson Foundation was created in 1996 to provide financial assistance and encouragement to emerging composers, lyricists and bookwriters, and to nonprofit theatres with a commitment to the development of new musical theatre artists.
Since 1997, the foundation has presented awards to 58 individuals and 21 organizations.