Daniel Maté and Alan Gordon Presented With 2013 Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre June 24
24 Jun 2013
Lyricist Daniel Maté and librettist Alan Gordon, the recipients of the 23rd annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre, are presented with the honor June 24 in a private New York City ceremony hosted by ASCAP and BMI.
Maté received the Kleban Prize for promising musical theatre lyricist, while Gordon is the recipient of the most promising musical theatre librettist honor. Each writer receives $100,000 over the next two years to support his work.
The Kleban Foundation was established in 1988 under the will of Edward Kleban, the late Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist of the musical A Chorus Line.
Maté received the Jonathan Larson Grant and the ASCAP Foundation's Cole Porter Award in 2010 for his music and lyrics. With composer Will Aronson, he wrote lyrics and co-wrote the book for The Trouble With Doug, a comedic musical inspired by Kafka's "The Metamorphosis." Doug was featured at the 2010 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals with direction by Tony-winning performer Victoria Clark, and has since been developed at Royal & Derngate (UK) and Theatreworks Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, CA). Maté and Aronson are currently working with book writer Hannah Kohl on a family musical commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Daniel's song cycle The Longing and the Short of It has been presented at Barrington Stage, the Disney-ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop and Playwrights Horizons. He also wrote book, music, and lyrics for The Story Of Jo-Beth, a modern-day American retelling of the Book of Job. As a teaching artist, he has composed original musicals with and for young performers, including Middle School Mysteries at Two River Theater (Red Bank, NJ).
Gordon wrote the book and lyrics to two full-length musicals with composer Mark Sutton-Smith. The Usual had its premiere at the Williamston Theatre in Michigan in 2012, receiving eight Pulsar nominations from the Lansing City Pulse, and a special Wilder Award from Encore Michigan. Girl Detective received a Citation for Special Merit from the Academy for New Musical Theater, was this year's selection for Western Kentucky University's Before Broadway program, and a selection of the Stages New Musical Program in Chicago. He recently completed The United States of Us with composer Joy Son. Alan is also an essayist and fiction writer. Eight of his "Fools' Guild" mystery novels have been published by St. Martin's Minotaur Books, and have been translated into five languages. Gordon is a two-time StorySlam winner at The Moth, and supports all of these activities as a public defender with the Legal Aid Society in NYC.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.