Billy Strayhorn: ‘Something To Live For’ wins for best new play or musical.

Winners have been announced for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Pittsburgh Awards! The 2023 Regional Awards honor regional productions, touring shows, and more which had their first performance between October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023. This year the BroadwayWorld Regional Awards were bigger and better than ever, including over 100 cities across America, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia! Billy Strayhorn: ‘Something To Live For’, took top honors for best new play or musical.

Something to Live For had its world premier at Pittsburgh’s historic O’Reilly Theater September 19th thru October 11th, 2023. STLF illuminated the classically trained, Homewood-raised Billy Strayhorn’s life as an out, gay Black man, from his impoverished childhood to Westinghouse High School to his career as an innovator in the world of jazz along with his longtime collaborator, another iconic figure, Duke Ellington. They would go on to create some of the world’s most beloved jazz works, with Strayhorn taking the lead as arranger and composer. Those include Lush Life, written when Billy was a teenager, Satin Doll, Something to Live For and the song that became Ellington’s signature, Take the ‘A’ Train.

Channeling Strayhorn’s jazz genius, Broadway veteran Darius de Haas kicked off a tour-de-force performance and an immediate opening of the floodgates pouring out songs, dance and history by an exuberant and celebratory cast that was nothing short of outstanding. Congratulations to all for this major world premier achievement. We will certainly be hearing more of just where this 1st class production lands…