June 08, 2015

ASCAP Members Triumph at the Tonys: Fun Home Wins Best Musical and Original Score; The King and I Named Best Revival

Stephen Schwartz Lauded with Isabelle Stevenson Award for Work with ASCAP Foundation

Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron with their 2015 Tony Awards for <em>Fun Home</em>. Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images.

Lisa Kron (l) and Jeanine Tesori (r) with their 2015 Tony Awards for Fun Home. Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images.

NEW YORK, June 8, 2015 -- ASCAP members took home some of the top trophies last night at the 69th Annual Tony Awards in New York City. Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron won Best Musical for Fun Home and became the first female writing team in history to win Best Original Score. Kron also won for Best Book of a Musical. Best Musical Revival went to The King and I, written by legendary ASCAP members Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Other ASCAP members nominated for Tonys included George Gershwin’s An American in Paris for Best Musical; and for Best Musical Revival, Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town and Cy Coleman’s On the Twentieth Century. ASCAP members Betty Comden and Adolph Green were lyricists for both On The Town and On The Twentieth Century.

ASCAP member Stephen Schwartz, best known as the writer of beloved Broadway musicals Godspell, Pippin and Wicked, was also honored with the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The award is presented annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. Schwartz was given the Award for his extraordinary commitment to serving artists and fostering new talent through his work with The ASCAP Foundation/Dreamworks Musical Theatre Workshop, The ASCAP Foundation and for helping develop new partnerships as President of the Dramatists Guild. Schwartz is a past member of the ASCAP Board of Directors.

About The ASCAP Foundation

Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org.

About ASCAP 

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 700,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com.

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Cathy Halgas Nevins, ASCAP

Cnevins (at) ascap.com