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).