By Andrew Gans
25 Nov 2008
The by-invitation-only award presentation and cocktail reception will take place Dec. 1 at 6 PM at The American Airlines Theatre's Penthouse Lounge (227 West 42nd Street).
Five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman will present Gwon with his award. The award is named in honor of the late award-winning lyricist Fred Ebb, who died in September 2004.
The Fred Ebb Award, according to press notes, "recognizes excellence in musical theatre songwriting, by a songwriter or songwriting team that has not yet achieved significant commercial success. The award is meant to encourage and support aspiring songwriters to create new works for the musical theatre." The selection panel includes Mitchell S. Bernard, Sheldon Harnick, David Loud, Marin Mazzie, Tim Pinckney and Arthur Whitelaw.
The prize includes a $50,000 award. The Fred Ebb Foundation is funded by royalties from Ebb's vast catalogue of work. Ebb's Broadway shows include Curtains, Cabaret, Chicago, The Zorba, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink, The Act, Woman of the Year, The Happy Time, Steel Pier; Flora, the Red Menace and 70, Girls, 70.
Gwon's Ordinary Days had its world premiere at Pennsylvania Centre Stage and its U.K. premiere at the Finborough Theatre in London. He is currently working on an original musical with playwright Sarah Hammond, commissioned by Broadway Across America, and an adaptation of Joe Meno's "The Boy Detective Fails," commissioned by Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Gwon was a 2006-07 musical theatre fellow at the Dramatists Guild and is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
For more information visit www.fredebbfoundation.org.