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Jason Robert Brown

Birth Place: Ossining, New York, USA

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Jason Robert Brown is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – an equally skilled composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, director and performer – best known for his dazzling scores to several of the most renowned musicals of our time, including the generation-defining “The Last Five Years”, his debut song cycle “Songs for a New World”, and the seminal “Parade”, for which he won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Score.

Jason Robert Brown has been hailed as “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his “extraordinary, jubilant theater music” (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances. The New York Times refers to Jason as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.” Jason’s score for “The Bridges of Madison County,” a musical adapted with Marsha Norman from the bestselling novel, received two Tony Awards (for Best Score and Orchestrations). “Honeymoon In Vegas,” based on Andrew Bergman’s film, opened on Broadway in 2015 following a triumphant production at Paper Mill Playhouse. A film version of his epochal Off-Broadway musical “The Last Five Years” was released in 2015, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan and directed by Richard LaGravenese. His major musicals as composer and lyricist include: “13”, written with Robert Horn and Dan Elish, which opened on Broadway in 2008 and was subsequently directed by the composer for its West End premiere in 2012; “The Last Five Years”, which was cited as one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best of 2001 and won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics (and was later directed by the composer in its record-breaking Off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre in 2013); “Parade,” written with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Musical, as well as garnering Jason the Tony Award for Original Score; and “Songs for a New World,” a theatrical song cycle directed by Daisy Prince, which has since been seen in hundreds of productions around the world since its 1995 Off-Broadway debut, including a celebrated revival at New York’s City Center in the summer of 2018. “Parade” was also the subject of a major revival directed by Rob Ashford, first at London’s Donmar Warehouse and then at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Jason conducted his orchestral adaptation of E.B. White’s novel “The Trumpet of the Swan” with the National Symphony Orchestra, and recorded the score for PS Classics. Future projects include a new chamber musical created with Daisy Prince and Jonathan Marc Sherman called “The Connector”; an adaptation of Lilian Lee’s “Farewell My Concubine”, created with Kenneth Lin and Moisés Kaufman; and a collaboration with Billy Crystal, Amanda Green, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel on a musical of “Mr. Saturday Night”. Jason is the winner of the 2018 Louis Auchincloss Prize, the 2002 Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyrics and the 1996 Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Award for Musical Theatre. Jason’s songs, including the cabaret standard “Stars and the Moon,” have been performed and recorded by Ariana Grande, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Billy Porter, Betty Buckley, Renée Fleming, Jon Hendricks and many others, and his song “Someone To Fall Back On” was featured in the Walden Media film, “Bandslam.”

As a soloist or with his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, Jason has performed concerts around the world. For the past four years (and ongoing), his monthly sold-out performances at New York’s SubCulture have featured many of the music and theater world’s most extraordinary performers. His newest collection, “How We React and How We Recover”, was released in June 2018 on Ghostlight Records. His previous solo album, “Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes”, was named one of Amazon.com’s best of 2005, and is available from Sh-K-Boom Records. Jason’s 2012 concert with Anika Noni Rose was broadcast on PBS, and he was the featured soloist for a live episode of “Friday Night Is Music Night,” broadcast live from the London Palladium and featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra. His collaboration with singer Lauren Kennedy, “Songs of Jason Robert Brown”, is available on PS Classics. Jason is also the composer of the incidental music for the Broadway revival of “You Can’t Take It With You,” David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Kimberly Akimbo” and “Fuddy Meers,” and Kenneth Lonergan’s “The Waverly Gallery,” and he was a Tony Award nominee for his contributions to the score of “Urban Cowboy the Musical.” He has also contributed music to the hit Nickelodeon television series, “The Wonder Pets” as well as “Sesame Street.” Jason spent ten years teaching at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and has also taught at Harvard University, Princeton University and Emerson College.

For the musical “Prince of Broadway,” a celebration of the career of his mentor Harold Prince, Jason was the musical supervisor and arranger. Other New York credits as conductor and arranger include “Urban Cowboy the Musical” on Broadway; “Dinah Was,” off-Broadway and on national tour; “When Pigs Fly” off-Broadway; William Finn’s “A New Brain” at Lincoln Center Theater; the 1992 tribute to Stephen Sondheim at Carnegie Hall (recorded by RCA Victor); Yoko Ono’s “New York Rock,” at the WPA Theatre; and Michael John LaChiusa’s “The Petrified Prince” at the Public Theatre. Jason orchestrated Andrew Lippa’s “john and jen,” Off-Broadway at Lamb’s Theatre. Additionally, Jason served as the orchestrator and arranger of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams’s score for a proposed musical of “Star Wars.” Jason has conducted and created arrangements and orchestrations for Liza Minnelli, John Pizzarelli, and Michael Feinstein, among many others.

Jason studied composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., with Samuel Adler, Christopher Rouse, and Joseph Schwantner. He lives with his wife, composer Georgia Stitt, and their daughters in New York City. Jason is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802.

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Jason Robert Brown STAGE CREDITS

[West End]
2024
In concert

[Off-Broadway]
2004
Performer

Jason Robert Brown Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2024]
Arrangements
Orchestrations
 
[Broadway, 2022] [Replacement]
Orchestrations and Arrangements[Replacement]
Music[Replacement]
 
[Regional (US), 2018]
Music & Lyrics
 
[Broadway, 2017]
Arranger
Original Songs
Musical Supervision
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2017]
Conductor
 
[West End, 2016] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]
 
[International Tour, 2015]
Music Supervision and Arrangements
 
[New York, 2015]
Composer
 
[Broadway, 2014]
Music and Lyrics
 
[Broadway, 2014]
Original Music
 
[Broadway, 2014]
Music and Lyrics
 
[Off-Broadway, 2013]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Music Arranger
Orchestrator
 
[Toronto, 2006]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Composer
 
[Broadway, 2003]
Conductor
Keyboards
Music Arranger
Musical Director
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Composer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Composer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Orchestrator
Music Arranger
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Music Arranger
Musical Supervisor
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Composer
 
[Off-Off-Broadway, 1995]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Musical Director
 
[Off-Off-Broadway, 1994]
Musical Director
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1993]
Rehearsal Pianist

Writing

Composer & Lyricist
music and lyrics
English Lyrics and Musical Adaptation
Lyricist
Composer
Composer/Lyricist
Composer
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Lyricist
Composer
Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist
Lyricist
Composer
Lyricist
Composer
Composer/Lyricist

Jason Robert Brown Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Jason Robert Brown, Mr. Saturday Night

Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Jason Robert Brown, Mr. Saturday Night

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Orchestrations

Jason Robert Brown, Prince of Broadway

Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Lyrics

Jason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas

Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Music

Jason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas

Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Orchestrations

Jason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas


winner
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2014 - Best Score

Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Lyrics

Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Music

Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Orchestrations

Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2014 - Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County


winner
Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Orchestrations

Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County


winner
Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Drama Desk Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Lyrics

Jason Robert Brown, 13

Olivier Awards - 2008 - Best New Musical

Jason Robert Brown, Parade

Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Jason Robert Brown, Urban Cowboy The Musical


winner
- 2002 - Most promising musical theatre lyricist

Jason Robert Brown


winner
Helen Hayes Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Musical Direction, Resident Production

Jason Robert BrownDinah Was


winner
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1999 - Best Musical

Jason Robert Brown, Parade


winner
Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Jason Robert Brown, Parade

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Jason Robert Brown FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Jason Robert Brown written?

Jason Robert Brown has written 12 shows including Betty Boop Project (Composer/Lyricist), Parade (Composer), Songs for a New World (Bookwriter), The Waverly Gallery (Composer), The Last Five Years (Bookwriter), Urban Cowboy (Composer/Lyricist), 13 (Composer), The Bridges of Madison County (Composer), Honeymoon in Vegas (Composer), My Paris (English Lyrics and Musical Adaptation), 13 the Musical (music and lyrics), The Connector (Composer & Lyricist).

What awards has Jason Robert Brown been nominated for?

Jason Robert Brown has been nominated for several prestigious awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Best Original Score for "Mr. Saturday Night" at the Tony Awards, Outstanding Orchestrations for "Prince of Broadway" at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Outstanding Lyrics for "Honeymoon in Vegas" at the Drama Desk Awards. He has also received nominations for Outstanding Music, Orchestrations, and Lyrics for "The Bridges of Madison County" at various award ceremonies. Additionally, Brown was nominated for Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards for "Parade" and Best Original Score for "Urban Cowboy The Musical" at the Tony Awards. His talent has been recognized across different categories, showcasing his versatility and skill in the Broadway industry.

What awards has Jason Robert Brown won?

Jason Robert Brown has won several awards for his work in Broadway productions. Some of his notable wins include Best Score at the BroadwayWorld Awards, Outstanding Music and Outstanding Orchestrations at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Best Orchestrations and Best Original Score at the Tony Awards for "The Bridges of Madison County." He also received accolades such as Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist for an unspecified work, Outstanding Musical Direction at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Dinah Was," Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for "Parade," and another Best Original Score Tony Award for "Parade."

What is Jason Robert Brown next theatre project?

Jason Robert Brown's next show will be Jason Robert Brown which opens on 3/24/2024 on West End.

How many Broadway shows has Jason Robert Brown been in?

Jason Robert Brown has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Jason Robert Brown been in?

Jason Robert Brown has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Jason Robert Brown's first West End show?

Jason Robert Brown's first West End show was Jason Robert Brown which opened in 2024

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