A proud native of the Second City, producer Jenny Lawton joined Studio 360 in 2007. Since then, she's produced the show's American Icons special on I Love Lucy, lots of stories in the Aha Moments series, and a portrait of the Japanese tea ceremony from Kyoto. She also serves as the managing editor of studio360.org and coordinates the show's internship program. Jenny started recording interviews as a Watson Fellow in India and Spain, researching the origins of flamenco dance. She cut her teeth in journalism at Chicago Public Radio, where she filed stories on culture, politics, technology, and the environment for WBEZ as well as NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The World, among other programs. Jenny was awarded a USC-Annenberg/NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, and lectures about radio and sound design at NYU and her alma mater, Kenyon College.
Next to Normal Wins a Pulitzer
Monday, April 12, 2010 - 04:57 PM
A rock musical about a bipolar suburban housewife? Admit it, you doubted the success of “Next to Normal” too. But 11 Tony nominations (3 wins) and 400+ performances later, the show is still rocking. If you haven’t had the chance to see it, this latest accolade should be your cue to get to the theater now.
“Next to Normal” just won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In the 92-year history of the award, only seven other musicals have won a Pulitzer. And as the LA Times reports, the board that administers the awards was so jazzed about the show, they overruled the short list of recommendations by the jury.
Last spring, the cast of the show, along with composer Tom Kitt, stopped by Studio 360 and performed live: