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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

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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.

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

Chromolume Theatre at the Attic Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

Chromolume Theatre has announced Songs for a New World as its final production of their 2016 season,opening on Friday, September 9 at 8pm with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a one-week extension to Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show, originally slated to run through July 31, 2016, will add an additional week, through August 7, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Comes to Sydney's Hayes Theatre, Aug. 12; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Blue Saint Productions are thrilled to tour their critically acclaimed production of Songs for a New World to Sydney's Hayes Theatre from August 12th 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: I LOVE YOU: You're Privileged, Now Change
by David Fick - Jul 30, 2016

There is a meme making the rounds on Facebook at the moment. Above an image of the cast of the television series, FRIENDS, a caption reads: 'This documentary of White Privilege is kinda long and hard to watch, but DAMN. Really lays it all out there.' This revival of I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE offers the musical theatre equivalent of that perception. (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 - Jul 29, 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...)

BWW TV Exclusive: BROADWAY SESSIONS Loves Jason Robert Brown!
by Ben Cameron - Jul 27, 2016

I remember the first time I heard Songs for a New World. Mind. Blown. Melodic like Andrew Lloyd Webber, cerebral like Sondheim. Perfect. Of course now, Jason Robert Brown is a living legend and one of the most prolific theatre composers in history. (more...)

Jason Robert Brown Teases Tonight's SubCulture Gig With Shaina Taub; Hints at Something Big For September
by Michael Dale - Jul 27, 2016

The show will include the two songwriters doing arrangements of each other's work. (more...)

Andrew Lippa's THE LIFE OF THE PARTY Makes US Premiere at TheatreWorks this August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will bring U.S. audiences their first look a London hit, when it presents the American Premiere of the joyous musical revue The Life of the Party. Directed and co-created by David Babani, the Artistic Director of London's Menier Chocolate Factory, this rollicking musical journey celebrates the songs of Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family, Big Fish) who takes the stage as a featured performer, along with a cast of Broadway and West End veterans, bringing to life a hilarious, uplifting, memorable evening that was declared "Sexy, sophisticated, and funny" and awarded five stars by London's Telegraph. The Life of the Party will be presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley August 24-September 18 (press opening: August 27) at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View. For tickets ($19-$80) and information the public may visit www.TheatreWorks.org or call(650) 463-1960. (more...)

Damian Humbley, Sally Ann Triplett and Teal Wicks to Join Andrew Lippa in THE LIFE OF THE PARTY at TheatreWorks
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 47th season will feature American Premiere of the surprise London hit, THE LIFE OF THE PARTY, running August 24 - September 18, starring Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa. (more...)

Drama Learning Center's TYA to Present Jason Robert Brown's '13' This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Drama Learning Center's professional training company for emerging young artists will present Jason Robert Brown's 13 this month. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 17
by Audition Roundup - Jul 17, 2016

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 17, 2016 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

3rd Annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL to be Held in August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to announce the full line-up for its third annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, featuring 14 new musical productions. Created to showcase and support Chicago's burgeoning field of musical theatre creators, this year's festival will be held August 8 - 28, 2016 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Each production will receive four performances during the Festival. The full schedule (Tuesdays - Sundays) can be found at www.cmtf.org, with single tickets and festival passes currently on-sale. The press preview, featuring songs from all of the 2016 productions, is Monday, August 8 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

National Alliance for Musical Theatre Sets 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) has announced the line-up of new musicals for their 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...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 10
by Audition Roundup - Jul 10, 2016

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 10, 2016 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

Photo Flash: The 3rd Annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to present its third annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, featuring 14 new musical productions. Created to showcase and support Chicago's burgeoning field of musical theatre creators, this year's festival will be held August 9 - 28, 2016 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Each production will receive four performances during the Festival. The full schedule (Tuesdays - Sundays) and can be found at www.cmtf.org, with tickets currently on sale ($20 per show, $200 all-festival rush passes). The press "sneak preview," featuring a sampling of songs from the 2016 Festival, is Monday, August 8 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

New Musical ON THE RAILS to Premiere This Fall Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 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...)

Photo Flash: Gloucester Stage Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2016

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 37th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with a limited run of Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World from August 4 through August 27 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Songs for a New World with music and lyrics by three time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown is a stirring musical journey examining the moments of decision and difficult choices faced in everyday life. Known for such Broadway hits as Parade, The Bridges of Madison County, Honeymoon in Vegas, and The Last Five Years, Mr. Brown artfully blends pop, jazz and gospel in solos and ensemble styles to create this inspiring song cycle.  Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh, the production features five singers including Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh, Broadway veterans Rockport's Wendy Waring and Jack Donahue, Berklee College of Music graduate Chris Pittman and  Brandeis' Nyah Macklin, all four in their Gloucester Stage debut. According to Director and GSC Artistic Director Walsh, "Songs For A New World is an enthralling evening of storytelling through song and movement reminiscent of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of actor-singers to bring this work to our audience. It's a particular treat to work with my cousin Barbara again after so many years!  Wendy, Jack, Chris and Nyah are also incredibly fun, hugely talented and all working together in such a fun way - it's a thrill!' (more...)

BWW Interviews: Joshua Finkel of PARADE at Panic! Productions
by Cary Ginell - Aug 31, 2016

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WE SO HAPA - A Multicultural Cabaret Coming to The Triad
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

SAKIMA PRODUCTIONS in association with Alex Chester, Rebecca Lee Lerman, and Kalen Sakima, announce WE SO HAPA, conceived by Alex Chester, with contributions from Rebecca Lee Lerman and Kalen Sakima will feature a vast selection of songs from Broadway musicals to original music from Jessica Wu and Timothy Ware. (more...)

Casting Set for The Hypocrites' CINDERELLA AT THE THEATER OF POTATOES Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The Hypocrites has announced casting for its second production of its 20th Anniversary season, the world premiere of CINDERELLA AT THE THEATER OF POTATOES. (more...)

Oh Dragon Theatre Company to Stage SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Oh Dragon Theatre Company's production of Songs for a New World, the first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade), will open next Friday, September 2nd at Trinity Street Theatre in Austin. (more...)

New Musical Comedy TAKE ONE to Premiere at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Producer, Tim Hurley will present the world premiere of the new musical TAKE ONE by Jeff Ward, directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Nathan W. Perry. (more...)

Photo Coverage: (mostly)musicals Takes a ROAD TRIP at the E Spot Lounge
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

After a 3 month absence, (mostly)musicals made a long-awaited return to the E Spot Lounge on Monday, August 15 with ROAD TRIP, the company's 18th entry in a series of themed cabarets. BroadwayWorld takes you inside the event below! (more...)

New Musical TAKE ONE to Premiere at New York Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2016

Producer Tim Hurley will present the world premiere of the new musical TAKE ONE by Jeff Ward, directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Nathan W. Perry. TAKE ONE will begins performances on Sunday, August 21and run through Saturday August 27 at Flamboyan Theatre at the Clemente (107 Suffolk Street, NYC). Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by visiting fringenyc.org. (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Theatrefy Your Summer
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Aug 2, 2016

Summer is for friends, family, fun times, and fearing reading assignments. In the months of schoolless weekdays, some of us thespians do summer theatre camps, in and out of town. Some take master classes, or perform in mainstage theatre shows, or rehearse for show choirs or Thespian troupes. If you're an older theatre kid like me, there's also college-searching to be done. (more...)

Contra Costa Civic Theatre to Open 2016-17 Season with MY FAIR LADY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 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...)

MTI Gets Rights to Bartram & Hill's THEORY OF RELATIVITY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has secured licensing rights to the musical THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY. (more...)

Wendi Peters to Star in WONDERLAND at The Bristol Hippodrome Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

TV and West End star Wendi Peters, much loved for her acclaimed portrayal of Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, will headline the upcoming 2017 UK tour of Wonderland as Queen of Hearts alongside musical theatre favourite Dave Willetts, who has previously starred in tours of South Pacific, 42nd Street and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as White Rabbit. (more...)

Wendi Peters, Dave Willetts and Kerry Ellis to Head Down the Rabbit Hole in WONDERLAND UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder. (more...)

UK Tour of WONDERLAND Announces Casting
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

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SSR Kicks Off Season 18 With SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Though still quite young, composer Jason Robert Brown is behind a string of big musicals, including Parade, The Last Five Years and 13. This is your chance to see his first major work, Songs for a New World, which mixes pop, gospel, jazz and classical styles to capture the lives of its characters over the years -- from Columbus' first voyage in 1492 to the present day. Through exquisitely-crafted songs, the musical revue reflects the many changing visions of the American dream. (more...)

Lyric Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the cast & creative team for COMPANY, with Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM and Book by GEORGE FURTH. Directed by Spiro Veloudos with music director Catherine Stornetta and choreography & musical staging by Rachel Bertone, COMPANY will run September 2 - October 9, 2016. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Jason Robert Brown's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Is Presented With Heart, Honesty and Humour
by Jade Kops - Aug 14, 2016

Blue Saint Productions delivers another beautifully crafted, passionate rollercoaster of emotions with Songs for a New World. (more...)

Mama Bares Debut First Concert at East West Players, August 25 through September 4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

East West Players (EWP), the nation's longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, opens its 51st Anniversary Season Radiant with the world premiere of The Mama Bares in Concert: Once Upon a Play Date, developed by and featuring Broadway performers Joan Almedilla, Ai Goeku Cheung, Deedee Magno Hall, and Jennifer Paz, directed by Giovanni Ortega with musical direction by Marc Macalintal. (more...)

BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at Gloucester Stage
by Nancy Grossman - Aug 12, 2016

There's good news and bad news in the Gloucester Stage production of Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World. The inspiring song cycle from 1995 shows the composer's promise that has been fulfilled, as evidenced by his three Tony Awards, and there is much to enjoy in both the music and lyrics (when you can hear them). The five-member cast features quality vocalists, but they often lose focus while they are busily moving around the stage in Director Robert Walsh's zeal to substitute action for the nonexistent connective libretto. (more...)

VIDEOS: Meet The September Stars of WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT: Billy Porter, Justin Bartha and Stana Katic
by Michael Dale - Aug 11, 2016

At every performance of Nassim Soleimanpour's play, a different actor is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage. (more...)

Cynthia Erivo and Joshua Henry to Star in Benefit Performance of THE LAST FIVE YEARS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

 It was announced today Tony Award-Winner Cynthia Erivo and Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry will star in a special one-night-only benefit concert version of Jason Robert Brown's seminal musical, The Last Five Years, with the composer himself leading the orchestra. Produced by SubCulture and Jason Robert Brown, the evening will take place at Town Hall (123 West 43rd St), and 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Brady Center, the national organization determined to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. (more...)

CMTF: 14 New Works, So Who is the Next HAMILTON?
by Misha Davenport - Aug 11, 2016

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SpeakEasy Stage to Present SIGNIFICANT OTHER This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 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...)

Panic! Productions Stages Landmark Musical PARADE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

 Panic! Productions begins its 2016-2017 season with the Tony Award-winning musical,  "Parade," September 9 through 24, at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. With a book by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry ("Driving Miss Daisy") and a rousing, colorful and haunting score by Jason Robert Brown ("Songs for a New World," "The Last Five Years," "Bridges Of Madison County"), "Parade" is a moving examination of one of the darkest corners of America's history. David Daniels directs, with music direction by Ben Ginsberg, vocal direction by Marilyn Anderson, and choreography by Brance Souza. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Stars of Gloucester Stage's SONGS FOR NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 37th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with a limited run of Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World from August 4 through August 27 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Songs for a New World with music and lyrics by three time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown is a stirring musical journey examining the moments of decision and difficult choices faced in everyday life. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

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