Richard Rodgers Award
for Excellence in Musical Theater
Stephen Schwartz Honored
Pittsburgh CLO, with the families of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, proudly presented the 12th Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theater to award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. The ceremony was held at the 2009 CLO Guild’s Pink Frolic Ball on May 9, 2009, at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
Established in 1988, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theater recognizes the lifetime contributions of outstanding talents in musical theater. Pittsburgh CLO has presented the Richard Rodgers Award 11 times in recent years to such luminaries as Mary Martin (1988), Dame Julie Andrews (1989), Harold Prince (1991), Sir Cameron Mackintosh (1992), Stephen Sondheim (1993), Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber (1996), Gwen Verdon (2000), Bernadette Peters (2002), Shirley Jones (2007), Kathleen Marshall (2008) and Rob Marshall (2008).
Stephen Schwartz’s remarkable musical theater career made him an ideal choice to join this
extraordinary group of recipients.
The event featured dinner coupled with dynamic CLO performances honoring Mr. Schwartz’s celebrated career. Mary Rodgers Guettel, an accomplished composer, author, and screenwriter (who composed a song for Mr. Schwartz's 1978 Broadway musical WORKING) and the daughter of the late Richard Rodgers, presented the Richard Rodgers Award.