The American Theatre Wing has announced that two BMI members, composer Andy Monroe and lyricist Jack Lechner, have been awarded Jonathan Larson Grants. The Jonathan Larson Grants are distributed annually to bourgeoning composers, lyricists, and librettists in honor of the late Larson, who wrote the musical Rent. The grants, totalling $10,000, will be presented March 29 at a private event in New York.
Monroe and Lechner, members of BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, are being recognized for their musical, The Kid. The musical is based on the memoir of sex columnist Dan Savage, which revolves around the trials of adopting a child and managing a relationship with his partner Terry. The Kid had a successful off-Broadway run last year, receiving positive reviews from critics.