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BMI Congratulates its 2016 Tony Award Winners

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From News, posted 6.13.16. BMI is proud of its affiliates who were honored for their work for the stage at last night’s 2016 Tony Awards in New York City. Megahit musical, Hamilton, was the evening’s big emphasis, earning awards for Daveed Diggs for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Alex Lacamoire for Best… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2016 Drama Desk Winners

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From News, posted 6.08.16. On Sunday, June 5, in a magnificent celebration at New York City’s Town Hall, several BMI affiliates were recognized for their outstanding achievements in theatre over the last year. Here’s the list: Outstanding Revival of a Musical She Loves Me, Roundabout Theatre Company Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock (Music &… Read more...


Alan Menken’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Enchants Audiences at the Hollywood Bowl

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From News, posted 6.06.16. BMI composer Alan Menken’s award-winning music to The Little Mermaid was the focus of the legendary Hollywood Bowl Orchestra this past weekend when they performed the score live, as the classic Disney film was viewed on the Bowl’s mammoth screen by a mesmerized audience. Menken, who has won more Academy… Read more...


Famed BMI Songwriter Mike Stoller and Wife Corky Hale Stoller “Stand By” Project Angel Food

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From News, posted 5.11.16. Mike Stoller, one-half of the legendary BMI songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, who are responsible for Ben E. King’s megahit “Stand By Me,” along with his acclaimed jazz musician wife, Corky Hale Stoller, have a history of coming to the rescue of organizations in need. Project Angel Food in… Read more...


Tony Awards to Honor Sheldon Harnick – Multiple BMI Nominees Announced

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From News, posted 5.04.16. The Tony nominations are out and several BMI affiliates are on the top of the list for their work on Broadway! Included in the names to receive bravos is Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony-winner Sheldon Harnick, whose musicals Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me are again up for… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2016 Drama Desk Nominees

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From News, posted 4.28.16. The nominations for this year’s Drama Desk Awards are in, and several BMI affiliates are on the top of the list! The awards, which are voted on by theater critics, journalists, editors, and publishers covering theater, are given annually to honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, off-Broadway,… Read more...


BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Presents Winter ‘Smoker’

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From News, posted 3.16.16. The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop presented its winter “Smoker” on Thursday, March 10 at BMI’s NY office, showcasing new songs written and performed by several esteemed composers and lyricists who are all members of this Drama League, Drama Desk and Tony® honored workshop. Featured performances included works by… Read more...


Gospel Great BeBe Winans Delivers His Story

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.14.16. Chances are you know BeBe Winans. He’s been one of the most recognizable names and voices in American music for decades – a pioneer in dissolving lines between gospel, adult contemporary and R&B. With his sister CeCe – part of the very big and very talented Winans family musical dynasty… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of David Bowie

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From News, posted 1.11.16. Two days after the release of his last album, Blackstar, the legendary David Bowie, who gave the world, among so many iconic songs, “Changes,” “Space Oddity,” “Let’s Dance” and “Fame,” passed away at the age of 69. His music was an influence on too many rockers, punks, hip-hoppers, pop stars,… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Composer Elizabeth Swados

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From News, posted 1.06.16. Elizabeth Swados, the writer, director and BMI composer behind several highly successful musical theater projects including “Runaways,” for which she garnered four Tony nominations, passed away on January 5 at the age of 64. A socially conscious contributor to many diverse projects, Swados also collaborated with renowned cartoonist Garry Trudeau… Read more...