On Monday March 23rd the 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants were awarded to Sam Willmott, Max Vernon, and the team of Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne. Three grants of ten thousand dollar each were given with Willmott receiving a residency at the Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab and Willmott & Vernon will both be featured in two evenings of performance at Adelphi University.
The grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers, help to continue Tony Award-winning composer Jonathan Larson’s (Rent; tick, tick… BOOM!) dream of infusing musical theatre with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality.
This year’s grant recipients were chosen by an expert panel consisting of Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody), Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder), and Ted Chapin (president and executive director of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization).
2015 Jonathan Larson Grant recipients Tim Rosser, Sam Willmott, Max Vernon and Charlie Sohne
Julie Larson, Al Larson, Heather Hitchens and William Ivey Long
Larson recipients Joshua Salzman (2013) & Melissa Li (2007)
Chairman William Ivey Long and President Heather Hitchens deliver opening remarks
Panelist Steven Lutvak and Ted Chapin introduce the recipients
Sam Willmott accepts his grant
Meetu Chilana and Manasa Vedula sing "F**k Those Guys"
Max Vernon (center) sings "The Future is Great"
Charlie Sohne asks, "Who hasn't cried at one of Jonathan's songs?"
Anthony Medina and Daniel Quadrino sing "A Boy of My Own"
Tim Rosser compares the grant to his confirmation
Taylor Trensch (center) and the SpringboardNYC Chorus sing "La Vie Bohème"
SpringboardNYC alumni chorus