BMI Sweeps 2011 Drama Desk Awards for Music

Posted in News on May 25, 2011
Robert Lopez at the 56th Drama Desk Awards.
Robert Lopez at the 56th Drama Desk Awards. Photo: Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images North America

The Drama Desk Awards illustrated once again how deep the BMI’s musical theatre roots run, as trophy after trophy went to members of the BMI family on Monday night in New York City. Robert Lopez took home two awards: He garnered Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics for runaway hit The Book of Mormon, which was also named Outstanding Musical overall. Larry Hochman’s superb work on The Book of Mormon also earned due acclaim, as he clinched the Outstanding Orchestrations prize.

Adam Mathias enjoyed a big night as well, winning Outstanding Book of a Musical for See Rock City and other Destinations, while Wayne Barker walked away with Outstanding Music in a Play honors for Peter and the Starcatcher.

All of the honorees are a testament to the strength of BMI’s musical theatre creators, but two winners in particular directly underscore BMI’s tradition of cultivating the art form’s next generation: Lopez presented songs for The Book of Mormon in the Tony Award-winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, while Mathias actually developed See Rock City and Other Destinations in the Workshop.

“We are so proud of all of the BMI winners, and it is especially thrilling to see our Lehman Engel Workshop alumni excel,” said Pat Cook, BMI Director, Jazz and Musical Theatre. “Year after year, our Workshop is filled with truly exceptional composers and lyricists like Adam and Bobby. Helping and celebrating with our graduates as they make that leap from dreamers to leaders is an indescribably rewarding experience.”

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