As announced in April, the prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist will go to Sam Willmott, and the prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist will go to Sam Carner. The Kleban Foundation was established in 1988 under the will of Edward L. Kleban, best known as the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist of the musical A Chorus Line. Kleban's will made provisions for two annual prizes, which in recent years have totaled $100,000 each, payable over two years, to be given to the most promising lyricist and librettist in American Musical Theatre. The award, according to press notes, is "bestowed not just for an artist's previous achievements, but for the promise of creativity to come."
Here's a look at the June 22 ceremony: