Received, in addition to two Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation grants, a New American Works Grant from the NEA, the first Johnny Mercer Emerging American Songwriter Award, and with his principal collaborator, Robert L. Freedman, both the Kleban Award for Lyric Writing and the Fred Ebb Songwriting Award. He wrote the title track to the hit film, Mad Hot Ballroom. Up next is his new musical, written with Robert Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder, which will open September ’10 at the La Jolla Playhouse, starring Jefferson Mays, and directed by Darko Tresjnak. Other musicals include The Wayside Inn, Esmeralda, Almost September, and Campaign Of The Century, which was presented in a concert version in as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, and in New York as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival, both starring Michael Rupert. He performs his songs across the country, and can be heard on his debut CD, The Time It Takes.