Author David Savran awarded 2011 Kurt Weill Article Prize for ‘Highbrow/Lowdown’

by Trade Marketing on October 27, 2011

More Book DetailsAmerican Theatre professor David Savran has been awarded the 2011 Kurt Weill Article Prize for the chapter “Fascinating Rhythm” in his University of Michigan Press book Highbrow/Lowdown:  Theater, Jazz, and the Making of the New Middle Class.

Described by the panel as “vivid and eminently readable,” Savran’s work “beautifully contextualizes – from the viewpoint of a theater scholar/cultural historian – George Gershwin’s works for the musical stage.”

“It has wide appeal, as seems fitting for a prize bearing the name Kurt Weill. In fact, in its lucid portrayal of the ‘crossing of categories’ between highbrow and lowbrow elements in 1920s theater, the chapter ‘Fascinating Rhythm’ offers a rich background to the situation of musical theater as Weill found it when he arrived in New York in the mid-1930s and began his own series of ‘crossings,’” the judges wrote.

Savran will receive a a cash award of $2,000 and a plaque commemorating his achievement. He’ll be honored at a reception following the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Kurt Weill Foundation, to be held on Dec. 19, 2011. Congratulations, David!

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