The Freedley Special Jury Prize went to Ken Bloom and Frank Vlastnik for their "Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time" (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers). Shteir will receive her award from critic Margo Jefferson at an event on June 3 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, located at Lincoln Center. Composer Charles Strouse will present the award to Bloom and Vlastnik.
The Freedley Award is named for George Freedley, the first curator of the New York Public Library's Theatre Collection and first president of the Theatre Library Association. It is presented annually for the best book on live theatre published in the United States in the previous year. A cash prize accompanies the award.