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Bww Exclusive: Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Sondheim, and Why Georgia Stitt is One Lucky Lady

If anyone ever throws me a surprise party, it better be Jason Robert Brown. When you're at a concert expecting the legendary Stephen Sondheim to appear, Brown considers it a perfect time to toss in a jaw-dropping shock in the form of Lin-Manuel Miranda. Needless to say he knows how to kickoff a benefit concert that just got better and better.
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Photo Coverage: Stephen Sondheim, Shoshana Bean, Joshua Henry & More Join Jason Robert Brown at Town Hall!

Just last night, June 24, SubCulture and Jason Robert Brown presented an evening of songs and stories at Town Hall. This was the 50th performance of SubCulture's Artist-in-Residence series, which will feature brand new arrangements with an orchestra of New York's finest musicians. Featured in the special evening were Shoshana Bean Waitress, Joshua Henry Carousel, and Rob McClure Beetlejuice, Katrina Lenk The Band's Visit and Stephen Sondheim.
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Imprint Honoree Billy Crystal Reflects on ‘SNL,’ the Oscars and His Greatest Hits

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Imprint Honoree Billy Crystal Reflects on ‘SNL,’ the Oscars and His Greatest Hits
Billy Crystal turned 70 years old in March, but don’t think that means the actor-writer-director-comedian is slowing down. “I remember when they asked George Burns if he would ever retire. He said, ‘To what? What would I do?’” Crystal says with a laugh. “That’s how I feel.”

Far from retiring, Crystal is “busier than I’ve been in a long time,” he says, with projects including a movie premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, a musical version of his film “Mr. Saturday Night” and plans to step behind the camera to direct his first film since 2001’s acclaimed drama “61*.”

One can forgive those who want to reflect on Crystal’s long and storied career, as he is set to receive the quintessential Hollywood honor on April 12, when he imprints his hands and feet at the Tcl Chinese Theatre alongside other screen greats (check back here on Friday to
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Bww Interview: Jason Robert Brown Discusses His West End Concert

Multi-award winning composer, lyricist and playwright Jason Robert Brown is the man behind the well-loved scores of Songs for a New World, Parade, The Bridges of Madison County and more.He will perform his music in concert at the Theatre Royal Haymarket later this month featuring West End stars Rachel Tucker, Tyrone Huntley and Carrie Hope Fletcher as special guests. Jason spoke to Broadway World about the upcoming show
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#Tbt: Bridges Prepares to Bring Madison County To Broadway!

This week, the beloved Jason Robert Brown musical The Bridges of Madison County celebrates the fifth anniversary of its Broadway opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre In honor of the occasion, we're throwing it back to the show's Broadway rehearsals with current Kiss Me Kate starKelli O'Hara, Steven Pasquale, and more singing the lush Tony Award winning score Check out all of the footage below
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Video: Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes Mash Up Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Last Five Years With 'The Next Ten Minutes Ago'

The Rodgers amp Hammerstein Organization has released the second video in its new YouTube Series, RampH Goes Pop. In the video, Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan perform The Next Ten Minutes Ago,' a mashup of Ten Minutes Ago from Rodgers Hammerstein's Cinderella and The Next Ten Minutes from Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years. The song features arrangements by Benjamin Rauhala and Kurt Crowley.
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Abby Mueller and Ben Jacoby Will Lead The Last Five Years in Montana

The Warren Miller Performing Arts Center Executive Director John Zirkle in Big Sky Montana announced today it will present a limited engagement of Jason Robert Brown's award-winning musical The Last Five Years, directed by Jason McDowell-Green and starring Abby Mueller as Cathy and Ben Jacoby as Jamie. Mueller and Jacoby were recently seen together on Broadway in Beautiful The Carole King Musical, where the pair starred as Carole and Gerry Goffin, King's first husband.
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Bww Album Review: Songs For A New World (New York City Center 2018 Encores! Off-Center Cast Recording) is Glorious

Jason Robert Brown's beloved and thrilling song cycle Songs For A New World was recently produced. Starring Shoshana Bean, Colin Donnell, Mykal Kilgore, and Solea Pfeiffer, there is no denying this presentation was a true event. Luckily for all, this cast - in all of its glory - was captured and preserved by Ghostlight Records on Songs For A New World New York City Center 2018 Encores Off-Center Cast Recording.
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Songs For A New World Cast Recording is Released Today

Jason Robert Brown's landmark musical Songs for a New World New York City Center 2018 Encores Off-Center Cast Recording is released today, Friday, January 25, in streaming and digital formats, in addition to a two-cd set. This is the show's first recording since the world premiere album over 20 years ago. In the ensuing years, these songs have become staples of contemporary musical theater, including the modern standard Stars and the Moon. The CD package includes a 12-page booklet with production photos and a note from Jason Robert Brown. To order the album, please visit ghostlightrecords.lnk.tosongsforanewworld
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Concord Music Group Acquires Samuel French In Landmark Theater Licensing Deal

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Concord Music has acquired 188-year-old theater publisher and licensing mainstay Samuel French, combining it with other assets in its burgeoning Concord Theatricals unit.

The deal, whose terms were not disclosed, “fulfills a significant and ongoing commitment to theater,” the company said.

Concord Theatricals represents a list of top-shelf musicals from the catalogs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill and Irving Berlin. Its roster also includes younger musical theater talent such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Shaina Taub and Michael John Lachiusa, as well as classics like A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly!, Bye Bye Birdie and Dreamgirls.

Through a joint venture called The Music Company, Concord Theatricals also works with Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Really Useful Group to license the composer and his collaborators’ shows including Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

In announcing the deal, Concord Theatricals
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Previews Charity LP For Separated Families With ‘Cielito Lindo’

Lin-Manuel Miranda Previews Charity LP For Separated Families With ‘Cielito Lindo’
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mandy Gonzalez passionately duet “Cielito Lindo” in a new preview video for charity album, Singing You Home – Children’s Songs for Family Reunification. The bilingual LP will benefit organizations helping to reunite and support families separated at the border.

In the clip, the pair are seen in separate studios while tracking the popular Mexican anthem. As they emotively sing with their eyes closed, a split screen brings them together – a metaphorical visualization of unifying separated people that mirrors the LP’s premise – as they beautifully harmonize.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Josh Groban Join Charity Record for Separated Families

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Josh Groban Join Charity Record for Separated Families
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Josh Groban and Idina Menzel have contributed to a new bilingual children’s album, Singing You Home – Children’s Songs for Family Reunification, that will benefit organizations helping to reunite and support families separated at the border.

The album is available to pre-order and will be released October 26th via Ghostlight Records. Tony-winning actress Laura Benanti conceived the project, which will support the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services and Artists Striving to End Poverty.

“Watching children be ripped from their families is obviously very upsetting,
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Laura Benanti, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Among Stars Singing for Family Reunification on Album Singing You Home

Multiple award-winning artists will join forces to release a new bilingual children's album. Singing You Home - Children's Songs for Family Reunification, to be released through all digital music and streaming providers on Friday, October 26, will feature tracks from Lin-Manuel Miranda amp Mandy Gonzalez, Josh Groban amp Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald amp Jason Robert Brown, Kristin Chenoweth, Cynthia Erivo, Laura Benanti amp Isabella Preston and Ingrid Michaelson amp Ana Villafae
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Anne Kauffman Will Take Over as Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center in 2019

New York City Center President amp CEO Arlene Shuler today announced Anne Kauffman as Artistic Director of Encores Off-Center for the 2019 season. Founding Artistic Director Jeanine Tesori will maintain her relationship with the popular summer series as Creative Advisor - working with Kauffman to curate programming which will conclude City Center's 75th Anniversary Season. Kauffman and Tesori served as Co-Artistic Directors for the 2018 series which included Jason Robert Brown's Songs for A New World, Michael Friedman's Gone Missing, and Micki Grant's Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope.
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Bww Album Review: Jason Robert Brown Teaches Us To React And Recover

The name Jason Robert Brown on a piece of music can strike joy in the hearts of singers and listeners and mild trepidation in the hands of pianists everywhere. The Tony-winning composer has created a sound that has helped define contemporary musical theatre pop-tinged melodies combined with lyrics that are alternately conversational and elegant, but always embrace the marvelous possibilities of language. His new album, How We React and How We Recover, takes on the uncertainties of today's world with his trademark wry honesty.
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Bww Review: Songs For A New World Reveals The Remarkable Artistic Maturity of a Young Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown was just 25 years old when his Songs For A New World took the stage of Off-Broadway's intimate Wpa Theatre. As he played piano and led the handful of musicians in director Daisy Prince's production, a quartet of actors who all had big things ahead of them Brooks Ashmanskas, Andrea Burns, Jessica Molaskey and Billy Porter revealed the vivid collection of complex and approachable emotions expressed by the extraordinarily relatable collection of characters created by this young man's music and lyrics.
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Review Roundup: What Did the Critics Think of Songs For A New World at City Center?

Opening the 2018 Off-Center season running through June 30, is Songs for a New World- the first musical from three-time Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown. This powerful collection of songs examines life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments. From the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to the ledge of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, each character faces a new world which follows the unique challenge they encounter.
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Bww Exclusive: First Listen of Jason Robert Brown's Original Finale for Prince Of Broadway; New Album Released Tomorrow!

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Ghostlight Records will release How We React and How We Recover, the new album from three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown. His first solo recording in over a decade is a politically-charged, far-reaching rumination on love, family and music. The album will be available in digital and streaming formats on Friday, June 29, with a physical CD planned for later this year. The release coincides with New York City Center's Encores Off-Center production of Brown's landmark New York debut show Songs for a New World, which runs from June 27-30. For more information on the album, click here.
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Bww TV: Get a First Look at Encores! Songs For A New World

Opening the 2018 Off-Center season on June 27 through 30, Songs for a New World was the first musical from three-time Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown. This powerful collection of songs examines life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments. From the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to the ledge of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, each character faces a new world which follows the unique challenge they encounter.
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New Album by Jason Robert Brown To Be Released This Month

How We React and How We Recover, the new album from three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, will be released by Ghostlight Records this month. His first solo recording in over a decade is a politically-charged, far-reaching rumination on love, family and music. The album will be available in digital and streaming formats on Friday, June 29, with a physical CD planned for later this year. The release will coincide with New York City Center's Encores Off-Center production of Brown's landmark New York debut show Songs for a New World, which runs from June 27-30.
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