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Broadway Honors BMI Composer Lehman Engel

Posted in News on April 4, 2001

Members of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop past and present gather on the stage of Merkin Hall following the concert honoring the late musical theatre composer

Some of Broadway's top composers and lyricists paid tribute to legendary composer and teacher Lehman Engel, the founder of BMI’s Musical Theater Workshop on Monday, April 2 at Merkin Concert Hall in a grand celebration of his life and work entitled Lehman’s Children: The Legacy of Broadway’s Greatest Teacher. The evening included an array of Engel’s former students, including Alan Menken, Oscar-winning composer of Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast; Maury Yeston, Tony-winning writer of Titanic, Nine and Grand Hotel; Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, partners in creating Ragtime, Once on This Island and Seussical; Carol Hall, best known for The Best Little Whore House in Texas; Michael-John LaChiusa composer of Hello Again, Marie Christine and The Wild Party; and Gerard Alessandrini, author of the acclaimed Forbidden Broadway series. The evening was hosted by Engel’s close personal friend, Broadway musical star Sally Ann Howes. Filled with performances and reminiscences by the composers and guest artists, this unique event gave audience members an insight into the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop experience. This performance was the first in the new Merkin Concert Hall series entitled "Broadway Close Up."


Maury Yeston reminiscing about Lehman Engel

Gerard Alessandrini shows off the program from his original production of Forbidden Broadway



Alan Menken sharing his music