- Edward Kleban
Edward Kleban (
April 30 1939- December 28 1987), known professionally as Ed Kleban, was an American musical theatre composerand lyricist.
A graduate of New York's
High School of Music & Artand Columbia University, Kleban wrote the lyrics for the smash Broadway hit " A Chorus Line". He and composer Marvin Hamlischwon the 1976 Tony Awardfor Best Original Score.
Phyllis Newmanshow, " The Madwoman of Central Park West" (1979), featured a few tunes with his lyrics.
Lonny Priceco-wrote (with Linda Kline), directed, and starred in " A Class Act", a musical biography of Kleban with a score comprised of songs he had written for numerous unproduced musicals. After a two-month run at the Manhattan Theatre Club, it transferred to the Ambassador Theatre, where it closed after three months. Fourteen years after his death from throat cancer, Kleban earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics.
Kleban created the Kleban Foundation, which awards grants to aspiring theatre lyricists.
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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics
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