New York, NY – DG members Charlie Romano and Will Wegner have been announced as the recipients of the 4th Annual Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists for their musical Onward and Upward, an adaptation of the original play Up (The Man in the Flying Chair) by Bridget Carpenter. Their show was chosen from over 50 applicants.
The winners will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses, as well as development assistance through the New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre. The program will culminate in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals.
The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68. Amas Musical Theatre produced the world premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three.