Ben Bonnema

Ben Bonnema is the 2020 recipient of the Fred Ebb award, as well as a recipient of a Jonathan Larson Grant, an ASCAP Frederick Loewe Award, and the Harold Adamson Lyric Award. The New Yorker raved about his musical The Apple Boys, calling it "a bushelful of delights" and that he wrote "clever, catchy songs" (book by Jonothon Lyons, 2018 production at HERE Arts Center). His Fred Ebb winning musical, ONE WAY, written with Christopher Staskel, was developed at the Musical Theatre Factory, the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writer's Colony at Goodspeed and NAMT's 2019 Festival of New Musicals starring Jenn Colella (Come From Away). Ben wrote the book, music & lyrics to Adult Swim's PETER PANIC, a musical video game played by nearly two million people (developed by James Marion). His slumber party musical BOYS WHO TRICKED ME was called "heart-healing musical theatre" by Joshua Barone of the New York Times. Other full-length work: THE LOST GIRL with Arianna Rose. Film: Mary Poppins Returns (Music Associate to Marc Shaiman, Oscar nom.). Ben holds an M.F.A. from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.