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a href="http://mtishows.com/biography.asp?writerid=3341"Jason Robert Brown/a

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.


KINKY BOOTS Star Billy Porter to Headline PRiMA Benefit This July
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Billy Porter is a contemporary Broadway icon, now making his way to Lancaster this July. (more...)

Hayes Theatre Co Unveils Act Two of 2017
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Earlier this evening Hayes Theatre Co unveiled the shows that will be making up Act Two of 2017 with productions to be staged from July through to December 2017.  (more...)

BWW Interview: SCHOOL OF ROCK Newcomer Emily Borromeo Talks Her TV Series, Diversity and the Path to Broadway
by MATTHEW BLANK - May 8, 2017

An interview with Emily Borromeo, making her Broadway debut now in SCHOOL OF ROCK! (more...)

VIDEO: First Look at MAMMA MIA! at Northern Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Mamma Mia!, featuring the music of ABBA with a book by Catherine Johnson and music and lyrics by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus and added songs by Stig Anderson, runs live on stage at the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, VT, April 19 - May 21. For tickets and information, call 802-296-7000 or visit www.northernstage.org. Tickets start at $15 for students and $30 for adults. (more...)

Photo Flash: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Opens in Fall River
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2017

Songs for a New World, Jason Robert Brown's breathtaking song cycle, weaves together the stories and voices of a diverse cast of characters in a musical journey that transcends time and space. A soaring, vibrant score transports the audience through a mesmerizing exploration of the unknown world and the tough choices that follow. Bursting with life and discovery, Songs for a New World begs to be liberated from the walls of a theater, and will be presented at over 10 outdoor venues throughout Massachusetts and Delmarva as Brown Box's premier musical spectacular. (more...)

TOP GIRLS, CHICAGO, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Among Keegan Theatre's 2017-18 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

The Keegan Theatre has announced its 2017-2018 season, featuring 2 DC Premieres, 1 World Premiere, and its 15th Ireland Tour of an American classic. (more...)

Brown Box Theatre's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Cancelled Tonight Due to Weather
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Brown Box Theatre is sorry to report that tonight's performance of Songs for a New World has been cancelled. There are plenty of other opportunities to catch this spectacular musical, so please consult the calendar for the full performance schedule! (more...)

MAMMA MIA! Announces Full Cast and Tour Dates
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

The global musical phenomenon, MAMMA MIA!, will commence its new national tour at the Canberra Theatre Centre on November 24th 2017 followed by a season from December 26th 2017 QPAC's Lyric Theatre in Brisbane. (more...)

TRAV'LIN Musical to Make Connecticut Debut at Seven Angels Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

Following productions at Houston's Ensemble Theatre and Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, and development in New York City and Washington, D.C., including a sold-out run at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical receives its Connecticut Premiere at Waterbury's Seven Angels Theatre, beginning Thursday, May 11, 2017. Opening Night is Saturday, May 13, and the show runs through Sunday, June 11, 2017. (more...)

Real-Life Couple Star in THE LAST FIVE YEARS at The Epstein Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

Those who work together stay together, as the saying goes, and that certainly seems to be the case for actors Graham Tudor and Helen Noble. (more...)

Tony Award-Winning Musical PARADE Comes to Chance Theater This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2017

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, is pleased to announce its production of PARADE, with book by Alfred Uhry, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, direction by Kari Hayter, and musical direction by Robyn Manion. PARADE will preview from June 30 through July 7; regular performances will begin July 8 and continue through July 30 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Cripe Stage. (more...)

Odyssey Theatre Revives Powerful Musical Revue JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS
by Rebecca Russo - May 25, 2017

Naughty, funny, dark and romantic: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents a revival of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, the off-Broadway hit by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman that introduced American audiences to the Belgian singer-songwriter known as the "Bob Dylan of France." Director Dan Fishbach and musical director Anthony Lucca helm Jacques Brel… for a July 1 opening at the Odyssey, where it will continue through Aug. 27. (more...)

MAMMA MIA! Brisbane Season Tickets On Sale Today
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Get in quick as tickets go on sale today for the Brisbane season of the global musical phenomenon, MAMMA MIA!    (more...)

BWW Feature: Douglas Anderson's SPRING MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE at the DuBow Theatre
by Heather Vollman - May 22, 2017

With tear stained cheeks, the 2017 graduating Musical Theatre class at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts took their final bows in the DuBow Theatre last Thursday night at the Spring Musical Theatre Showcase, directed by David Loudermilk. In his first year at Douglas Anderson, Loudermilk directed a phenomenal performance of PARADE in the fall, which was met with high acclaim and appreciation, and set the tone for a diverse and compassionate season. (more...)

35mm: A Musical Exhibition Comes to The Other Palace Studio this Autumn
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Award-winning composer Ryan Scott Oliver's musical inspired by renowned Broadway photographer Matthew Murphy's images comes to The Other Palace Studio for a limited two week run this autumn. (more...)

NYC Working Professionals Share Friendship and Life Lessons in Presentation of Jason Robert Brown's 'Songs for a New World'
by Courtney Savoia - May 17, 2017

A group of working NYC professionals with a talent and passion for the performing arts are coming together this May for a special presentation of Jason Robert Brown's first musical, Songs for a New World. This production uses the themes and adages from this profound work to illustrate the human response to change and the beauty of embracing the journey for all its worth. With the added bonus of getting to perform with a group of friends, this cast is also excited to prove that you can always follow your dreams and find that creative outlet that provides balance to the routine of everyday life and responsibilities. (more...)

BWW Interview: Amy Toporek of HIT HER WITH THE SKATES at Hamilton Stage
by Leigh Scheps - May 16, 2017

The new musical, Hit Her with the Skates, by Christine Rea & Rick Briskin, directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Brandon Ethridge and choreography by Gina Ventura, opened last weekend at Hamilton Stage (UCPAC, Rahway, NJ) from May 12 - 27, 2017. BroadwayWorld's Leigh Scheps talks with star, Amy Toporek, about her involvement with the show since inception plus what it's like performing on stage with Broadway's John Treacy Egan. (more...)

New England Premiere Opens Gloucester Stage 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Gloucester Stage Company kicks off its 38th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with the New England Premiere of John Kolvenbach's Bank Job from May 19 through June 10 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For two brothers, Russell and Tracey, new to the armed robbery industry, what seems like easy money turns out to be a lot more difficult than it looks in the movies in John Kolvenbach's hilarious Bank Job. When heist plans A and B (and C through F) fail, the brothers find themselves locked in the executive bathroom with no way out and no choice but to depend on a brave bank teller, a guileless cop, and the man in the shadows who put them up to the whole thing. A fun comedy, Bank Job is about the holes we dig ourselves into-and the unexpected comrades we trust to dig us out. Directed by GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh and featuring GSC veterans Johnny Lee Davenport, Nael Nacer, Richard McElvain and Paul Melendy and GSC newcomer Shuyi Jia.. (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with BROADWAY SONGBOOK's Erin Schwab
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 13, 2017

The Ordway's latest BROADWAY SONGBOOK features HOLLYWOOD TO BROADWAY and this edition of 6 Questions & a Plug features the delightful Erin Schwab, who shares some of her favorites and aspirations as the show begins a five performance run, May 14- 21. (more...)

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts Announces 2017 Applause Awards Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts announces the 2017 recipients of the Applause Awards, boasting a range of students and talent from 32 schools in Central Florida. (more...)

2017 St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Award Nominees Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, The Muny, and the Fox Theatre have announced the nominees for the first annual St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards to be held on Sunday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. (more...)

Connecticut Premiere of TRAV'LIN Opens this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

The Connecticut premiere of Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical opens this weekend at Waterbury's Seven Angels Theatre, following productions at Houston's Ensemble Theatre and Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, and development in Washington, D.C. and New York City, including a sold-out run at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF).  Performances being Thursday, May 11, Official Opening is Saturday, May 13, and the show runs through Sunday, June 11, 2017. (more...)

Renee Elise Goldsberry, Alan Menken, Jason Robert Brown & Kelli O'Hara and More Slated for BYU's 2017-18 BRAVO! Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Celebrated musicians, innovative theater-makers and acclaimed dancers converge upon the stages of Brigham Young University's Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center in a dynamic new season of exhilarating live performances by the creme de la creme of the performing arts world as part of the 2017-18 BRAVO! season. (more...)

Out of the Box Theatrics Welcomes Ethan Paulini as Associate Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

Producing Artistic Director Elizabeth Flemming is pleased to announce that director, actor and educator Ethan Paulini has been appointed to the position of Associate Artistic Director of Off-Broadway's Out of the Box Theatrics currently in it's first full season under an AEA transition contract. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Cleveland - Week of 4/09/2017
by BWW - Apr 9, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/09/2017 for Cleveland (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 4/30/2017
by BWW - Apr 30, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/30/2017 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/30/2017
by BWW - Apr 30, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/30/2017 for San Francisco (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 4/30/2017
by BWW - Apr 30, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/30/2017 for Baltimore (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Cleveland - Week of 4/30/2017
by BWW - Apr 30, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/30/2017 for Cleveland (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Look at SRO's THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by Jerri Shafer - Apr 29, 2017

SRO Theatre Company is proud to present the Central Ohio premiere of The Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman. 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, Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman ('night Mother, The Color Purple, The Secret Garden), The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question 'What if...?' Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless. (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Maritza Bostic and Jared Troilo to Lead CAMELOT at Lyric Stage; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

A love triangle for the ages meets a new adaptation for today in Lerner & Loewe's CAMELOT at Lyric Stage. (more...)

The Studio Theatre presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

This August, The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol (806 San Marino Drive, The Villages, FL) will produce its inaugural show in its Summer Song Cycle Series: Songs for a New World. Songs for a New World is the musical which catapulted Tony Award winning composer, Jason Robert Brown (author of The Studio's spring musical, The Last Five Years) into international fame. Performed in concert by a cast of two men and two women on a bare stage, this remarkable song cycle examines the challenges, rewards, and knowledge we obtain and endure when pursuing our dreams in a new world of possibility. (more...)

Ars Nova, Goodspeed, Atlantic Theater and More Among NAMT's 2017 Grantees
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) announces 16 awards granted from their National Fund for New Musicals, a major funding program to support NAMT member not-for-profit theatres in their collaborations with writers to create, develop and produce new musicals. (more...)

BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - Talking with Jill Jones from PROOF at The Studio Theatre
by Student Blogger: Clarissa Moon - Apr 27, 2017

The Studio Theatre finishes its inaugural season with David Auburn's PROOF. The play follows Catherine, the daughter of a recently deceased mathematics professor, as she struggles with the mathematical genius she shares with her father, and the mental illness she fears she might have inherited from him. I talked with Jill Jones (Catherine) about her own math skills, the small cast, and the challenges of the show. (more...)

Gardner & Wife Theatre to Present STUCK This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Gardner & Wife Theatre's STUCK will run 8 - 29 May 2017 in Kuala Lumpur. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 4/23/2017
by BWW - Apr 23, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/23/2017 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/23/2017
by BWW - Apr 23, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/23/2017 for San Francisco (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Cleveland - Week of 4/23/2017
by BWW - Apr 23, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/23/2017 for Cleveland (more...)

Photo Flash: La Mirada Stages Timeless Classic WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2017

Powerful, poignant and timely as ever, LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT present the fourth show of its 2016-2017 season, the most acclaimed musical of all time, WEST SIDE STORY, book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein with musical direction by Brent Crayon, choreography by John Todd and directed by Ovation award-winner Richard Israel. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cabrillo Music Theatre Takes to Heaven SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

CABRILLO MUSIC THEATRE is going to 'take you to heaven' with the second show in its 2016-2017 season, SISTER ACT! For the first time in the Kavli theatre, Cabrillo will present this hilarious new musical, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, musical direction by Kyle C. Norris, choreography by Michelle Elkin and direction by Misti B. Wills. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MAMMA MIA! at Northern Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

Mamma Mia!, featuring the music of ABBA with a book by Catherine Johnson and music and lyrics by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus and added songs by Stig Anderson, runs live on stage at the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, VT, April 19 - May 21. For tickets and information, call 802-296-7000 or visit www.northernstage.org. Tickets start at $15 for students and $30 for adults. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Billy Porter Celebrates THE SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS Album Release at Barnes and Noble
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Apr 18, 2017

Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter has just released his new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers via Bee & El /Sony Masterworks Broadway. To celebrate the release, Porter was joined by four-time Grammy Award-winner Indie.Arie. at Barnes & Noble for a special performance! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 4/16/2017
by BWW - Apr 16, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/16/2017 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/16/2017
by BWW - Apr 16, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/16/2017 for San Francisco (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Cleveland - Week of 4/16/2017
by BWW - Apr 16, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/16/2017 for Cleveland (more...)

AUDIO: Listen to Billy Porter and Pentatonix Revamp OKLAHOMA! Classic on 'SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS', Out Today at No. 2 on iTunes R&B Chart!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter releases his new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers via Bee & El /Sony Masterworks Broadway today - available on all digital platforms and streaming via digital subscription services. The new album features fan favorites 'Edelweiss', 'Carefully Taught', 'My Funny Valentine' and 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning'. Get Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers HERE, and listen to two tunes from the album below! Already landing on the charts, the album is ranked #2 on the iTunes R&B chart and is ranked #40 overall. (more...)

Brown Box Theatre Project to Stage SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Brown Box Theatre Project is set to tackle their most ambitious production to date with an outdoor presentation of Jason Robert Brown's beloved musical, Songs for a New World, May 5-14. (more...)

RAGTIME, 'BRIDGES', 'SUNDAY IN THE PARK' Set for Revival Theatre Company's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Corridor premieres will hit Cedar Rapids in Revival Theatre Company's 4th Season. See the full schedule below: (more...)

Over 70% of Tickets Already Sold to the Musical MAMMA MIA! At Northern Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

Mamma Mia!, featuring the music of ABBA with a book by Catherine Johnson and music and lyrics by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus and added songs by Stig Anderson, runs live on stage at the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, VT, April 19 - May 21. For tickets and information, call 802-296-7000 or visit www.northernstage.org. Tickets start at $15 for students and $30 for adults.  (more...)

Music Mondays at Bay Street Theater to Include Betty Buckley, Billy Porter, Stephen Schwartz, and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the concert series Music Mondays, on Monday nights in July and August at 8 pm. (more...)

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