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Late last year, Williamson Music's John Bucchino received the first Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters; see p. 7 for more... In February, longtime R&H Theatricals composer Stanley Silverman (DR. SELAVY'S MAGIC THEATRE) was honored at the 30th Anniversary Gala for the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education; Silverman was serenaded with one of his own compositions as well as ""Getting to Know You,"" both performed by James Taylor, with Rob Fisher conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's in the premiere of two more pieces by Silverman...On February 24, the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center hosted GO THE DISTANCE, two sold-out performances in the Allen Room, celebrating the lyrics of David Zippel...""In his urbanity and versatility,"" wrote Stephen Holden in the New York Times, ""Mr. Zippel is an heir of Betty Comden and Adolph Green""...On March 14, Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts saw their hit musical, I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE already the longest-running revue in Off-Broadway history clock its 4000th performance; still going strong, I LOVE YOU... will mark its 10th Anniversary in August...At the April 10 Dramatist Guild Awards, Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas were given the prestigious Hull-Warriner prize for THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA...Guettel now lives in Seattle, where he is Artist in Residence at the Intiman Theater...In late April, Ghost Light Records was slated to record Ricky Ian Gordon's ORPHEUS AND EURIDICE, a song cycle premiered as part of the jazz at Lincoln Center series last October... The prolific Michael John LaChiusa is having a very fruitful year, if the month of March is any indication: the original cast recording of his recent Off-Broadway musical, SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, was released by Ghost Light Records; Lincoln Center Theater hosted the world premiere of BERNARDA ALBA, his new musical based on the play by Federico Garcia Lorca and starring Phylicia Rashad; Houston Grand Opera unveiled his new one-act solo opera, SEND (I LOVE YOU, WHO ARE YOU?) written for, and introduced by, the radiant Audra McDonald; and the Blank Theater Company's staging of THE WILD PARTY (see p. 10) received five Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Best Production and Best Score... In an E-mail to friends, LaChiusa observed, ""It's been an exciting year.""

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