Alan Gordon '84 Wins Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre


Lyricist Daniel Maté and librettist Alan Gordon have been named the recipients of the 23rd annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre. Each writer will receive $100,000 over the next two years to support his work.

Maté received the Kleban Prize for promising musical theatre lyricist, while Gordon is the recipient of the most promising musical theatre librettist honor. They will be presented with the 2013 Kleban Prizes June 24 in a private ceremony hosted by ASCAP and BMI.

The Kleban Foundation was established in 1988 under the will of Edward Kleban, the late Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist of the musical A Chorus Line...

Gordon wrote the book and lyrics to two full-length musicals with composer Mark Sutton-Smith. The Usual had its premiere at the Williamston Theatre in Michigan in 2012, receiving eight Pulsar nominations from the Lansing City Pulse, and a special Wilder Award from Encore Michigan. Girl Detective received a Citation for Special Merit from the Academy for New Musical Theater, was this year's selection for Western Kentucky University's Before Broadway program, and a selection of the Stages New Musical Program in Chicago. He recently completed The United States of Us with composer Joy Son. Alan is also an essayist and fiction writer. Eight of his "Fools' Guild" mystery novels have been published by St. Martin's Minotaur Books, and have been translated into five languages. Gordon is a two-time StorySlam winner at The Moth, and supports all of these activities as a public defender with the Legal Aid Society in NYC.