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says, "it's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having

to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back." These

are the stories and characters of today, the strongSONGS FOR A NEW WORLD/strong.brbra href="http://mtishows.com/biography.asp?writerid=3341"Brown/a

transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to

a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of

characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basket-ball

is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich

nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. brbrWith a small, powerhouse multi-ethnic cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score running the gamut of today?s popular music, strongSONGS FOR A NEW WORLD/strong is a great way to bring the next generation into the theatre.


Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/30/2016
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 10/30/2016
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THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Starring Samantha Barks & Jonathan Bailey, Begins Tonight in London
by Jessica Khan - Oct 28, 2016

As previously announced, Jason Robert Brown will direct his two-hander musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS in London this fall, starring Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey as Cathy and Jamie. The production will run at the St. James Theatre starting tonight, October 28, and playing through November 26, 2016. (more...)

Betsy Morgan and Nicholas Rodriguez Star in CAROUSEL, Beginning Tonight at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents Carousel, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. (more...)

Gene Weygandt Will Star in UNCLE PHILIP'S COAT at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center will continue its popular Solo Celebration! series with the Chicago premiere of UNCLE PHILIP'S COAT, Matty Selman's hilarious and heartbreaking show about a Jewish man's search for his place in his family's history, starring veteran Broadway and Chicago actor and three-time Jeff Award-winner Gene Weygandt. (more...)

Initial Casting Announced for FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, 10/27; Hannah Elless, Mamie Parris, Jonah Platt and More!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

New York, New York: National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce the first round of casting for the 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Today, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival will kick off on Wednesday, October 26 with its celebrated concert, The 46th Minute, which features songs from Festival shows you will not get to hear in the 45-minute presentation. (more...)

NAMT's 28th Annual Festival of New Musicals Officially Launches Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre presents the 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS. The Festival will take place tonight, October 27 and tomorrow, October 28, 2016 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). (more...)

Kate Wetherhead Hosts NAMT's SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre presents the SONGWRITERS CABARET and SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE hosted by Drama Desk Nominee Kate Wetherhead, which are part of the 28th annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS. (more...)

Jason Robert Brown Master Class and Concert Presented by Theatre Under The Stars
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars welcomes Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown to Houston for an exclusive Master Class and Concert Performance benefiting the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 11/06/2016
by BWW - Nov 6, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/06/2016 for Boston (more...)

The Lyric Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for MURDER FOR TWO
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces cast and creative team for MURDER FOR TWO, with Book & Music by Joe Kinosian and Book & Lyrics by Kellen Blair. Directed by A. Nora Long with Music Director Bethany Aiken, the production runs November 25 - December 24, 2016, with a press opening slated for Sunday, November 27, 3pm. (more...)

THE SORROWS OF SATAN Comes to Tristan Bates for a Six Week Run in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

A brand new musical play based on one of the world's first bestselling novels comes to Tristan Bates Theatre for a six-week run in 2017 (more...)

Eden Espinosa to Join Jason Robert Brown at Subculture for Post-Election Drowning of Sorrow 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2016

A concert series curated by the renowned Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, conductor, and director, Jason Robert Brown. Each unique performance will incorporate an eclectic mix of material, featuring music from throughout his acclaimed career, along with new works in development.   (more...)

BIG FISH 12 CHAIRS VERSION Australian Premiere At Hayes Theatre Co
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

RPG Productions is proud to present the Australian Premiere of BIG FISH 12 CHAIRS VERSION at Hayes Theatre Co from 18 April to 14 May 2017.  (more...)


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Photo Flash: First Look at Samantha Barks & Jonathan Bailey in THE LAST FIVE YEARS in London; Extends Through December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

Ahead of tomorrow's opening night, first images are released today of Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey in Tony Award-winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown's acclaimed musical The Last Five Years. Due to popular demand, the production at St. James Theatre will also extend its run by a week, and will now play until Saturday 3 December.  (more...)

Billy Porter's New Album to Spotlight Richard Rodgers with Help from Cynthia Erivo and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

Bee & El and Sony Masterworks Broadway announced today that Tony & Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter will release a new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers, in April 2017. (more...)

Funny Love Letter to Musical Theatre [TITLE OF SHOW] to Will Play BPA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Save the dates for a thoroughly unique and comical postmodern homage to the grand tradition of backstage musicals! You won't want to miss this outrageously funny love letter to musical theatre. [title of show] (yes, that really IS the name of the show) is a hidden jewel that - like The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee before it - is sure to enthrall audience members. (more...)

BWW Review: Audra McDonald Reigns Celestial At Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
by Herbert Paine - Jan 30, 2017

In a wondrous display of vocal eloquence and personal charm, AUDRA MCDONALD kindled the fire of adulation among the 853 fans who occupied the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. (Saturday, January 28th). Stopping by Scottsdale on her national tour, Ms. McDonald demonstrated why she stands as one of the select iconic voices of Broadway, let alone as a highly versatile performing artist. With an unprecedented six Tony Awards under her belt plus the recent SAG nomination for her role as Billie Holliday, she delivered a full throttle performance of tunes by both famous and up-and-coming songwriters. (more...)

Casting Announced for THE SORROWS OF SATAN at Tristan Bates
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Casting announced for The Sorrows of Satan, a brand new musical play, based on one of the world's first bestselling novels. (more...)

Devin Archer and Natalie Storrs to Meet in the Middle in THE LAST FIVE YEARS at La Mirada Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the third show of its 2016-2017 season, Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST FIVE YEARS, starring Devin Archer and Natalie Storrs, with musical direction by Brent Crayon and directed by Ovation Award-winner Nick DeGruccio. (more...)

Lakeland Civic Theatre Presents THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The Bridges of Madison County is based on the best-selling novel, and developed by the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade and Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, 'Night Mother and The Color Purple) who went on to win the Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations in 2014 for this stunning romance. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater will be Pinktastic this Spring with their Production of PINKALICIOUS, THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF presents Pinkalicious, The Musical, script by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann with additional lyrics and music by John Gregor. Based on the New York Times Bestselling children's book series by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann, the Children's Series musical production runs from April 6 - May 6, 2017 in the Margeson Theater. Tickets ($9 - $18) can be purchased by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, online at www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 E. Rollins St.). (more...)

Jason Robert Brown to Hold Master Class and Intimate Concert for Houston Audience
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2017

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) and the Humphreys School for Musical Theatre (HSMT) presented two special events with award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown on January 19th and 20th. (more...)

Meet the Cast of THE NOISY NEIGHBORS OR IL CAMPIELLO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Different Stages continues its 2016 - 2017 season with Carlo Goldoni's The Noisy Neighbors or Il Campiello. Written for the Venetian Carnival of 1756, Goldoni's comedy recounts the matrimonial scheming, gossip, and games enlivening the daily activity of a bustling but poor Venetian piazza where pandemonium reigns. The commedia-inspired play centers on four scrappy, hard-working, hard-playing families whose daily lives on a small square are interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious wealthy stranger during Carnival.  (more...)

PRiMA Theatre Brings TICK, TICK...BOOM! to Lancaster
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2017

Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick...Boom!. This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at The Barn Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Presented by The Barn Stage Company, in association with Temecula Presents, this all-star production of Jason Robert Browns' Songs for a New World opens tonight at the Old Town Temecula stage for 4 nights only, January 12-15! (more...)

Mile Square Theatre Presents YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County's leading professional theatre, presents the popular family musical comedy You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Opening MST's 2nd season in its new space, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown maintains MST's high standards for quality family theatre, and kicks off an eclectic season with a classic musical. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look at SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at The Barn Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at [title of show] at Bainbridge Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Save the dates for a thoroughly unique and comical postmodern homage to the grand tradition of backstage musicals! You won't want to miss this outrageously funny love letter to musical theatre. [title of show] (yes, that really IS the name of the show) is a hidden jewel that - like The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee before it - is sure to enthrall audience members. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action at BPA below! (more...)

PRiMA Theatre Presents Central Pennsylvania Premiere of TICK, TICK...BOOM!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Packed with songs that rock, and will rock your world, the autobiographical musical of the late composer of Rent will be performed in the intimate setting of the Trust Performing Arts Center's Black Box Theater, 37 North Market Street. PRiMA Theatre's production of Tick, Tick . . . Boom! marks the musical's Central PA premiere of the show that tells the story of Jonathan Larson, before he made it big as the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent. Fittingly, Larson's big break-Rent-marks its 20th anniversary this year. (more...)

Samantha Barks, Arthur Darvill, Maxwell Caulfield and More Announced for London Musical Theatre Orchestra's HONEYMOON IN VEGAS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

After the resounding success of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair (Cadogan Hall November 2016) and the sell out concert of Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens' A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre, December 2016), with numerous five star reviews for both performances, The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is delighted to announce the full casting for its first concert of the 2017 season, the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas. (more...)

Photo Flash: Fisher Taylor-Gaunt Productions presents THE SORROWS OF SATAN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

The Sorrows of Satan is written by musical theatre writing duo Bateman and Conley and directed by Adam Lenson (Songs for a New World, St. James Theatre) and runs at Tristan Bates for six weeks, opening on 21 February with previews from 14 February (more...)

Photo Flash: THE SORROWS OF SATAN at Tristan Bates
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Based on Marie Corelli's 1895 controversial bestseller, this new musical play reimagines the story of Faust in the heart of a corrupt 1920s London, where the elite are financially and emotionally bankrupt and one man has a big decision to make. (more...)

Beth Malone Solo Show, Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe in 'LAST FIVE YEARS' Join DCPA Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway announces two new shows: Beth Malone: So Far and Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years in Concert starring Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe. (more...)

Re-Imagined SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Comes to Vancouver
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Songs for a New World is a rare kind of show, neither a musical nor a revue, but a song cycle, exploring immigration, war, motherhood, poverty, and the singular moments that transform our lives. (more...)

New Musical HIT HER WITH THE SKATES to Play in Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

The new musical, Hit Her with the Skates, by Christine Rea & Rick Briskin will get a concert presentation at NYC's 54 Below (254 W 54 Street) before its pre-New York developmental production at Hamilton Stage (UCPAC, Rahway, NJ). (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - The 14 Best Theatre Love Songs
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Feb 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day, Drama Kids! I can't wait to spend the whole day with my true love, the Fiddler revival soundtrack. (more...)

Samantha Barks and Arthur Darvill Headed to the Strip for HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Concert in London
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

After the resounding success of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair (Cadogan Hall November 2016) and the sell out concert of Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens' A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre, December 2016), with numerous five star reviews for both performances, The London Musical Theatre Orchestra has announced the initial casting for its first concert of the 2017 season, the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsals for THE SORROWS OF SATAN at Tristan Bates
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Based on Marie Corelli's 1895 controversial bestseller, this new musical play reimagines the story of Faust in the heart of a corrupt 1920s London, where the elite are financially and emotionally bankrupt and one man has a big decision to make. (more...)

Angelwalk Theatre Announces 2017 Spring Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

Following a two-year hiatus, Angelwalk Theatre is pleased to announce that it is re-launching in 2017, with a mandate to continue producing musical theatre. The company will once again be in residence at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, its home since inception in 2009. (more...)

Hit Musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS Is Back At The Epstein Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

The Epstein Theatre is proud to present its first big in-house production for summer 2017 - The Last Five Years.  The theatre on Hanover Street has joined forces with Liverpool theatre company Tread Productions, to stage the smash hit Broadway musical.  (more...)

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD to Hit Brown Box This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Brown Box Theatre Project has announced their 7th Season of touring free and accessible theatre to communities throughout Greater Boston. Continuing in the tradition of their annual Free Outdoor Shakespeare tour, Brown Box's ambitious 2017 Season will be performed entirely outdoors and presented free of charge at all locations. (more...)

London Musical Theatre Orchestra Announces HONEYMOON IN VEGAS and CANDIDE as First Shows of 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

After the resounding success of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair (Cadogan Hall November 2016) and the sell out concert of Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens' A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre, December 2016), with numerous five star reviews for both performances, The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is delighted to announce the first concerts of its 2017 season. (more...)


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Britain's Got Talent's and West End Star Rachael Wooding to Play Alice in UK Premiere of WONDERLAND
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2016

It has been announced that Rachael Wooding will guest star as Alice in the 2017 UK tour of WONDERLAND in Wolverhampton from Monday 31 July - Saturday 5 August. (more...)

Coeurage Theatre Company to Re-Open URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL on 1/6
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Coeurage Theatre Company, LA's Pay What You Want Company, has announced the extension and re-opening of Urinetown: The Musical. With music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, book by Kotis, musical direction by Gregory Nabours, and directed by Kari Hayter, the extended run will begin on Friday, January 6 at 8pm and continue through February 25 at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center. (more...)

Kelli O'Hara Adds Second Show with Jason Robert Brown at SubCulture This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Due to demand, SubCulture artist-in-residence Jason Robert Brown will welcome Kelli O'Hara for a second show in January, the venue has just announced. (more...)

Jeff Coon to Bring Summer Club to Venice Island Performing Arts Center in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Get ready to kick off your Monday nights with the sounds of some of the region's most popular musical theater stars, accompanied by a 17-piece big band orchestra. Philly's favorite musical theater star Jeff Coon is bringing his Summer Club to Manayunk's Venice Island Performing Arts Center for a series of swinging shows throughout 2017. (more...)

Kennen Butler, Maggie Randolph to Lead The Barn Stage Company's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Presented by The Barn Stage Company, in association with Temecula Presents, this all-star production of Jason Robert Browns' Songs for a New World takes the Old Town Temecula stage for 4 nights only! (more...)

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