The Kleban Prize is named for late lyricist Edward Kleban (A CLASS ACT, A CHORUS LINE), who established the award in his will. Also in his will was his wish to have his collection of unpublished songs turned into a musical. This is what lead to the creation of A CLASS ACT.
The judges of this years Kleban Prize included R&H Music Publishing clients Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and David Zippel (City of Angels) as well as Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime.)
ORDINARY DAYS tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. ORDINARY DAYS is an original musical for anyone who's ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.
Adam Gwon is also the recipient of the 2008 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theatre songwriting.