Oliver and Lipton Receive Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre
L to R: Ryan Scott Oliver, Ethan Lipton
L to R: Ryan Scott Oliver, Ethan Lipton

New York, NY – The Kleban Foundation has announced Ryan Scott Oliver and Ethan Lipton as the recipients of the 33rd annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre. The 2023 Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist has been awarded to Oliver, and the 2023 Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to Lipton. The Kleban Foundation will present the prizes on Monday, February 6 at 5 PM in a private ceremony hosted by ASCAP and BMI.

The public can stream the presentation of the 33rd annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre on the Broadway On Demand SmartTV channel beginning, Friday, February 10, at 8 PM EST. 

The Kleban Foundation was established in 1988 under the will of Edward L. Kleban, best known as the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist of the musical A Chorus Line. Kleban’s will made provisions for annual prizes to be given to the most promising lyricist and librettist in American musical theatre. For over 30 years, the Kleban Prize, which has recognized and honored some of the American musical theatre’s brightest developing talents, is unique in that it is bestowed not just for an artist’s previous achievements, but for the promise of creativity to come.

“For over three decades, the Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre has been one of the theatre’s most distinctive honors, and after the last few challenging years, Ed Kleban’s legacy may be more important than ever in its supporting and fostering of the creators of tomorrow’s American Musical theatre,” said Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby, Jr., President of the Kleban Foundation.

The application window for the 2024 Kleban Prize will open on March 15, 2023 and close at 5:00PM EDT on May 15, 2023. Guidelines for applying are available to view on New Dramatists’ website.