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Writer John Logan gets O'Neill Center's Monte Cristo Award

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The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center honored playwright and screenwriter John Logan with the 19th Monte Cristo Award on Monday at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Logan developed the musical "Superhero," seen this season off-Broadway, at the O'Neill's 2017 National Music Theater Conference, and his "Moulin Rouge" bows on Broadway this summer.

The O’Neill annually bestows its Monte Cristo Award on a prominent artist whose work has had an extraordinary impact on American theater, in memory of its namesake.

The evening began with remarks from "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who said, "The O'Neill is obviously very special to me. It is the first place we incubated 'In the Heights,' and it really changed my life, and I know it changes the life of so many other incredible witters and theatermakers who get to work there year round."

Logan said, "For over 50 years, the O'Neill has been helping young artists like me — young yearlings who barely know how to stand — find a voice. And we in the theater are about listening for and encouraging those voices. I'm overwhelmed and very thankful to be part of the ongoing O'Neill story."

O'Neill Executive Director Preston Whiteway said, "The American theater owes so much to John Logan. As a playwright and screenwriter, John creates singular and transformative stories that touch our common humanity. It is a particular delight to honor one of own this year, and one who has such broad impact on American culture — his work and his words shape American theater, film, television, music."

Actress Judith Light presented Logan with the award and said, “The O’Neill is a paradise for an artist. The freedom that you have to explore and collaborate is a gift. John understood this instinctively and took advantage of every minute, every audience, as he developed (his musical 'Superhero' at the O’Neill). He truly embodies the O’Neill spirit.”

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