The BMI Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 3rd Annual Jerry Harrington Musical Theatre Awards in recognition of Outstanding Creative Achievement in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Certificates and cash prizes were given out during a reception on June 17 at BMI’s New York office.
Winners of the BMI Foundation/Jerry Harrington Musical Theatre Awards gather after the presentation at the BMI New York office. Seen here showing off their certificates are (l-r): Second Year winner Adam Overett, Advanced winner Kim Oler, Librettists winner Yvonne Adrian, Advanced winner Alison Hubbard, BMI's Jean Banks, First Year winner Andy Monroe, and Workshop Steering Committee Members Pat Cook, David Spencer, Nancy Golladay, Jane Smulyan, Frank Evans and Rick Freyer. Cook and Freyer moderate the First Year. Golladay moderates the Librettists group. photo: Gary Gershoff
This year’s winners, chosen by the Workshop Steering Committee, include First Year Workshop student Andy Monroe, Second Year student Adam Overett, Advanced Workshop students Kim Oler and Alison Hubbard, and Librettists Workshop student Yvonne Adrian.
Established through the BMI Foundation by Harrington’s longtime friend and colleague, BMI Assistant Vice President and Counsel Evelyn Buckstein, the awards are given each year in Harrington’s honor to celebrate the late attorney’s lifelong love of musical theater.
The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop was established in 1961 by the late Lehman Engel, dean of American musical theater, to create a setting where new writers could learn their craft. Consisting of approximately 200 members, most of whom are actively writing for the musical theater, the Workshop is a highly competitive and selective teaching environment designed to provide hands on opportunities for theater composers and lyricists. An innovative program at its inception, the Workshop continues to flourish and is considered to be the foremost training ground for new writing voices.
The BMI Foundation, headed by BMI’s Ralph Jackson, Assistant Vice President of Classical Music Relations and Director of the BMI Student Composer Awards, was founded in 1985 as a non-profit corporation dedicated to encouraging the creation, performance and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions and grants.