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Overview (1)

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Mini Bio (1)

Jason Robert Brown was born in 1970 to Jewish Stuart and Deborah Brown. He grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and then attended Eastman School of Music, until he dropped out and moved back to New York City to pursue his career in the theater.

In New York he worked as a piano player for nightclubs and cabarets until he met Daisy Prince, daughter of the famous Hal Prince. Together, with his songs and her direction, they got together his first show, 'Songs for a New World', which opened in 1995 when Brown was twenty-five, and was a collection of his songs and ran for twenty-eight performances.

Next he wrote the music for 'Parade' which was directed by Hal Prince. It premiered on December 17, 1998, ran for eight-five performances and won for Brown the Tony for Best Original Score.

His third show, 'The Last Five Years', which he also worked on with Daisy Prince, was slightly based on his failed marriage to Terri O'Neill, Daisy's secretary. The show opened in Illinois in 2001 and was then moved to Off-Broadway where it closed after two months.

Brown was again nominated for a Tony for his work in the flop, 'Urban Cowboy' which opened in March, 2003, but lost to Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman for Hairspray.

In 2005 he released a solo album called 'Wearing Sommeone Else's Clothes'.

On January 7th, 2007 his latest show, '13' opened in Los Angeles. It later opened on Broadway, and ran from Broadway October 5, 2008 to January 4, 2009.

Jason Robert Brown is married to Georgia Stitt, who was the conductor for the tour of Parade. They have daughter named Molly.

As of July 2007, Brown is working on a new show, 'Honeymoon in Vegas' which is based on a movie of the same name, and is also in a band called 'Caucasian Rhythm Kings'.

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Spouse (2)

Georgia Stitt (19 October 2003 - present) ( 1 child)
Terri O'Neill (? - ?) ( divorced)

Trivia (19)

His musical "The Last Five Years" is loosely based on his first marriage to Terri O'Neill.
Attended Eastman School of Music briefly before leaving to pursue a career in theater.
Won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Original Musical Score.
Is a great fan of, and is inspired by, Billy Joel.
Has an older brother named David, for whose wedding he wrote the song 'Nothing In Common'.
Has a daughter named Molly.
Proposed to his wife, Georgia Stitt, on New Year's Eve.
Was nominated for a Tony for his work on 'Urban Cowboy'.
Grew up in the suburbs of New York City.
His musical, "The Last Five Years," at the Northlight Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2001 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work.
The cast of "13" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 2007 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Ensemble Performance.
His musical, "13" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 2007 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Production.
He was awarded the 2008 Back Stage Garland Award for Musical Score for "13" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
He was awarded the 2007 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Musical Score for "13" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
"Parade" in a Donmar Warehouse production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 2009 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Production.
He was awarded the 2010 Back Stage Garland Award for Musical Score for "Parade" in a Donmar Warehouse production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
"Parade" in a Donmar Warehouse production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 2010 Back Stage Garland Award for Production.
His musical, "Parade" at the Writers Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2017 Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for Large Musical Production.
Longtime friend and mentor to singer Ariana Grande.

Personal Quotes (3)

Songs for a New World is not one of my favorite titles either, and I feel like I have yet to find a good title for any of my shows. I want that Frank Wildhorn thing of having great titles for everything; when you go see The Civil War, at least you know what you are going to be seeing.
There's nothing more satisfying than knowing that twenty years after Juilliard rejected my application, their choir is singing backup for me.
I had planned on being a performer when I was a kid; you know, be Billy Joel or a rock star. But by the time I went to college I had already decided that that wasn't going to happen. It was obvious to me that the stuff I wanted to be writing was not radio songs...

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