Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project alumni win Kleban Prizes

The Johnny Mercer Foundation would like to congratulate Shaina Taub and Charlie Sohne on being awarded 2019 Kleban Prizes! Shaina Taub won the promising lyricist award. Charlie Sohne received the prize for most promising librettist. Taub and Sohne are alumni of the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project and Sohne is also an alumnus of The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals.

Taub wrote and starred in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”. She is currently working on two other projects, including a show about the women’s suffrage movement and lyrics for the upcoming Broadway musical production of “The Devil Wears Prada.” Sohne wrote the book and lyrics for “The Boy Who Danced on Air,” a play premiered at the Abingdon Theater in Manhattan.

Each of the winners will receive $100,000. They were chosen by a panel consisting of the actress Alison Fraser, the composer-lyricist Amanda Green and artistic director Eric Schaeffer.

Read the full article on the winners here.