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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.


SpeakEasy Stage to Present SIGNIFICANT OTHER This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

From September 9 to October 8, 2016, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present SIGNIFICANT OTHER, a sharply observed new comedy about the challenges of finding love and letting go, written by Bad Jews playwright Joshua Harmon. (more...)

Contra Costa Civic Theatre to Open 2016-17 Season with MY FAIR LADY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) begins its 2016-17 season with the Diamond Anniversary production of the beloved musical My Fair Lady, based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe. (more...)

THE LAST 5 YEARS Receives Its Frankfurt Premiere, 1 Oct 2016
by Jenny Ell - Sep 9, 2016

TMS The Musical Season UG present the Frankfurt premiere of the smash ­hit Off­-Broadway musical, The Last 5 Years, opening at Kulturhaus Frankfurt on 1 October 2016. (more...)

Kyle Selig, Ron Bohmer, Kerry O'Malley and More to Look to the Stars in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. (more...)

UNCLE PHILLIP'S COAT Stars Gene Weygandt at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

The Chicago Premiere of playwright Matty Selman's "Uncle Philip's Coat" will run at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave) Nov. 27 - Dec. 31. Directed by Elizabeth Margoliusand starring Gene Weygandt (best known as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in "Wicked" in Chicago and on Broadway), "Uncle Philip's Coat" follows Matty on his humorous and heartfelt journey of personal discovery, sparked by his inheritance of a tattered coat from his eccentric Russian-Jewish immigrant uncle Philip.  (more...)

Betsy Morgan, Kurt Boehm, Skye Mattox and More Join Arena Stage's CAROUSEL; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

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

BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Offers Look At Early Jason Robert Brown
by Frank Benge - Sep 6, 2016

Songs for a New World is a musical theatre piece by Jason Robert Brown. Originally produced Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre in 1995, this was Jason Robert Brown's first produced show. It is neither a book musical or a revue and has been called a 'song cycle', which was put together out of songs he had written for other venues and events. I was very much struck by the fact that many of these songs sounded like they could fit into his latter shows such as 'The Last Five Years' or 'Parade'. In the final analysis, calling this a musical is a stretch. What it all boils down to is a series of songs very loosely connected by the theme: 'the moment of decision.' (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 9/04/2016
by BWW - Sep 4, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/04/2016 for Dallas (more...)

Rhino Theatre Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Marking his first professional Off Broadway show, Jason Robert Brown's Song's For a New World opens at Rhino Studio 237 on Oct 7th and runs for two weekends.  This show marks another new and innovative musical, one of many, which will be featured at Rhino's New State of the Art performance space.   (more...)

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Michael Perlman, Michael Berresse and More Among Directors for NAMT's 2016 Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced the directors for the 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 9/18/2016
by BWW - Sep 18, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/18/2016 for Los Angeles (more...)

COME FROM AWAY Opens at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre This December
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Junkyard Dog Productions announced today that the new musical COME FROM AWAY will begin performances on Broadway on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) and officially open Sunday, March 12, 2017, following productions at Washington DC's Ford's Theatre (Friday, September 2 - Sunday, October 16, 2016) and Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre (Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017), and two special benefit concert performances in Gander, Newfoundland (Saturday, October 29, 2016). (more...)

Finborough Theatre Presents World Premiere of TRIDENT MOON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, the world premiere of Trident Moon by multi-award-winning Canadian playwright Anusree Roy in her UK debut runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Monday and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 9 October 2016.  (more...)

New Musical ON THE RAILS to Premiere This Fall Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

ALGONQUIN THEATER PRODUCTIONS and JASON HEWITT proudly present the world premiere of On the Rails, a new musical with book by Tony Sportiello (Second Chance, National Pastime), music and lyrics by Al Tapper (Sessions, An Evening at the Carlyle), arrangements and musical direction by David Wolfson, and directed by Misti B. Wills (In Search of Euphoria). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 9/11/2016
by BWW - Sep 11, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/11/2016 for Dallas (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 9/11/2016
by BWW - Sep 11, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/11/2016 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 9/11/2016
by BWW - Sep 11, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/11/2016 for Austin (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jason Robert Brown Shares THE LAST FIVE YEARS Orchestra Rehearsal Video
by Stage Tube - Sep 10, 2016

It just might be the most anticipated concert event of the year; the tickets for Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo and two-time Tony Nominee Joshua Henry's one-night-only performance of The Last Five Years sold out in less than an hour on the first day of the evening's pre-sale. With the concert, which will be performed at Town Hall, only two days away, the entire team is hard at work perfecting the piece before sharing it with the lucky few who nabbed tickets. This afternoon, Jason Robert Brown, the composer of The Last Five Years, took to Facebook to share a sneak peak of one of the orchestra's final rehearsals before the big night. Check it out below! (more...)

Finborough Theatre Presents World Premiere of TRIDENT MOON
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2016

In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, the world premiere of Trident Moon by multi-award-winning Canadian playwright Anusree Roy in her UK debut runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Monday and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 9 October 2016.  (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Jersey - Week of 10/09/2016
by BWW - Oct 9, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/09/2016 for New Jersey (more...)

Initial Casting Announced for FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, 10/27; Hannah Elless, Mamie Parris, Jonah Platt and More!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 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 Thursday, 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...)

Rhino Theatre Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Marking his first professional Off Broadway show, Jason Robert Brown's Song's For a New World opens at Rhino Studio 237 on Oct 7th and runs for two weekends.  This show marks another new and innovative musical, one of many, which will be featured at Rhino's New State of the Art performance space.   (more...)

Carmen Cusack, Zachary Levi and More Sign on for 'SUNDAY IN THE PARK' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal at City Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

New York City Center today announced additional casting for the concert performances of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George, October 24 through 26. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/30/2016
by BWW - Oct 30, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/30/2016 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 10/30/2016
by BWW - Oct 30, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/30/2016 for Boston (more...)

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...)

Hannah Elless, Nikki M. James, Brynn O'Malley & More Set for NAMT's Festival Opener THE 46TH MINUTE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) kicks off the 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS with The 46th Minute. Hosted by Joe Iconis, The 46th Minute concert will take place at New World Stages (340 West 50 Street) tonight, October 26, 2016 at 6:30pm. (more...)

Redhouse Announces New Leadership Team
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

Red House Arts Center Board of Directors and Search Committee is pleased to announce its new Leadership Team. Following an extensive search which included dozens of applicants from 17 states and 4 countries, Redhouse is thrilled to welcome this impressive organizational team. (more...)

Conflict, Drama, Families and Music in Dio's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

The Dio - Dining & Entertainment is excited to announce their 2017 theatre season which includes two plays and three musicals! 2017 will mark The Dio's fourth full year presenting theatrical productions in Livingston County. (more...)

Kate Wetherhead to Host NAMT's SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE; Cabaret Lineup Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced this year's line-up for 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...)

Hannah Elless, Nikki M. James, Brynn O'Malley and More Set for NAMT's THE 46TH MINUTE Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) will kick off the 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS with The 46th Minute. (more...)

Eden Espinosa, Norm Lewis and Kelli O'Hara to Join Jason Robert Brown at SubCulture
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown's wildly successful and acclaimed concert series is returning to SubCulture in 2016, and just announced for this fall and winter are Broadway superstars Eden Espinosa, Norm Lewis and Kelli O'Hara. (more...)

LA'S Pay What You Want Theatre Company Presents URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Coeurage Theatre Company, LA's Pay What You Want Company, has announced the final production of its seventh season, three-time Tony Award-winner 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, there will be one preview performance on November 4 at 8pm and opening is set for Saturday, November 5 at 8pm. Urinetown: The Musical will play through December 3 at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center.  (more...)

Corey Cott, Nicholas Christopher, Samantha Massell and More Sign on for NAMT's 28th Annual Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) has announced the full cast for the 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS. The Festival will take place on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 10/16/2016
by BWW - Oct 16, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/16/2016 for Dallas (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage Company Presents THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

From October 21 - November 20, 2016, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present the New England Premiere of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, a bold new musical by Broadway legends John Kander and Fred Ebb about a sensational true story that changed American history.  (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...)

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