January 20, 2012

The ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award

Lorenz  Hart

Lorenz Hart

Mary Rodgers

Mary Rodgers

Dimond and Kooman

Dimond and Kooman

We are pleased to announce that Mary Rodgers has recently established The ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award, which is presented annually to an ASCAP member who is a promising musical theater lyricist.  A composer/lyricist team is also eligible.

The composer/lyricist team of Christopher Dimond (book and lyrics) and Michael Kooman (music) were the inaugural recipients of the award which was presented at The ASCAP Foundation Awards ceremony in New York on December 7, 2011.  Their musicals have been developed or produced at the Kennedy Center, American Conservatory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, Williamstown Theater Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Festival of New American Musicals, and the NAMT Festival of New Musicals. The duo’s works include Golden Gate, Dani Girl, Homemade Fusion, and the family-friendly Christmas musical Junior Claus.  Their debut album, Out of Our Heads, featuring an all-star lineup of Broadway performers, is available on iTunes.

Lyricist Lorenz “Larry Hart (1895-1943) together with composer Richard Rodgers produced a roster of hit shows including Jumbo, On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, I Married an Angel, The Boys from Syracuse, Pal Joey, and A Connecticut Yankee.  Rogers and Hart made a significant contribution to the Great American Songbook with an outpouring of songs that includes “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, “Blue Moon, “Falling In Love With Love, “Glad to Be Unhappy, “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was, It Never Entered My Mind, “The Lady Is a Tramp, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, “My Funny Valentine, “My Heart Stood Still, “Spring Is Here,   “This Can’t Be Love, “Where or When and “With a Song in My Heart.   We are grateful to Mary Rodgers for her support and efforts to nurture and encourage aspiring songwriters.