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César Alvarez, Nikko Benson, Carson Kreitzer, and Sam Salmond Receive Jonathan Larson Grants

The quartet were honored for their work in musical theater.

Carson Kreitzer, Sam Salmond, Heather Hitchens, César Alvarez, and Nikko Benson celebrate the Jonathan Larson Grant presentation.
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The American Theatre Wing awarded the 2016 Jonathan Larson Grants recipients to César Alvarez (book, music, and lyrics), Nikko Benson (music and lyrics), Carson Kreitzer (book and lyrics), and Sam Salmond (book, music, and lyrics) on March 21.

Jonathan Larson grant recipient César Alvarez (center) celebrates the occasion with the cast of his musical Futurity.
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The Jonathan Larson Grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists, and book writers, help to continue Tony Award-winning composer Jonathan Larson's dream of infusing musical theater with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality.

William Finn (center) joins Nikko Benson and Sam Salmond for a photo.
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Dedicated to celebrating excellence and supporting theater, the American Theatre Wing awards the Larson Grants to artists to recognize and showcase their work with no strings attached — except to put it to the best use possible to help further the artists' creative endeavors.

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