Kind Hearts and Coronets Team Win 2006 Fred Ebb Award

News   Kind Hearts and Coronets Team Win 2006 Fred Ebb Award
Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman have been announced as the winners of the second annual Fred Ebb Award, honoring musical theatre songwriters.

Tony Award winner Debra Monk (the upcoming Curtains) will present the award on behalf of The Fred Ebb Foundation and the Roundabout Theatre Company. The Nov. 28 ceremony and reception at The Penthouse Lounge at The American Airlines Theatre will begin at 4:30 PM.

The songwriting team — who just earned the 2006 Kleban Award for lyric writing — have collaborated on Kind Hearts and Coronets, which was developed at the Sundance Theater Lab and presented as part of the Huntington Theater Company's Breaking Ground Series in Boston. An all-star performance of three numbers from that current project will be performed during the Nov. 28 evening. The duo also teamed on the 2006 California Musical Theatre Award winner Campaign of the Century.

The Fred Ebb Award — which includes a $50,000 prize — was established to "recognize excellence in musical theatre songwriting by a lyricist, composer, or songwriting team that has not yet achieved significant commercial success," according to a press announcement. The aim of the honor is to encourage and support new musical theatre works.

Last year, John Bucchino garnered the inaugural Fred Ebb Award.

Ebb penned the lyrics (with his longtime composing collaborator John Kander) for such musicals as Cabaret, Woman of the Year and Kiss of the Spider Woman (all Tony Award winners for Best Score), as well as Chicago, Zorba, The Rink, 70 Girls 70, The Act and Steel Pier. Kander and Ebb's 1965 Broadway musical debut Flora the Red Menace introduced Liza Minnelli to Broadway. Applications and guidelines for The Fred Ebb Award are available through the official website at

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