Tony Winner William Finn Will Receive DETC's 2013 Melpomai Award; Donna Theodore Will Perform
By Michael Gioia
Tony Award-winning composer William Finn will receive Desert Ensemble Theatre Company's 2013 Melpomai Award, given annually to honor excellence in the development of theatre nationally, March 16, 2013, in Palm Springs.
At Heart and Music: A Conversation With and Tribute To William Finn, Finn will be interviewed live onstage about his career, and performances of his award-winning material will be interspersed. Scott Logsdon (Les Misérables) will direct and moderate.
"Bill Finn's body of work is both poignant and hysterical, pertinent and timeless. It's a great thrill to welcome to our stage and honor him, his art and his career, past, present and future," said Eric Olson, co-founding artistic director of DETC, in a statement. "Melpomai means 'celebration with song and dance' in Greek, and we look forward to celebrating Bill and his remarkable body of work. His work certainly resonates and reflects the diverse communities found in Palm Springs and we are thrilled to bring him here to receive the Melpomai Award."
Tony nominee Donna Theodore (Shenandoah) will be among the artists on hand to honor Finn. Also performing will be Jerome Elliott, Garrett Hoy and Jennifer Singer, who will be accompanied by musical director Joel Baker.
Finn follows Stephen Schwartz as the recipient of the Melpomai Award, who received the award in May 2012.
Finn took home 1992 Tony Awards for the Best Book and Best Score of Flasettos. He was also Tony-nominated for his work on The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and his other Broadway credits include Dangerous Games and The Sisters Rosensweig.
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