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Monthly Archives: February 2012

HONEYMOON IN VEGAS headed to Toronto and B’way!


BroadwayWorld’s article is here! Honeymoon in Vegas, a new musical, will open on Broadway in the spring of 2013 following a premiere engagement this November in Toronto. Based on the Castle Rock Entertainment Motion Picture of the same title, Honeymoon in Vegas features music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Andrew Bergman (director and screenwriter of the film). Gary Griffin (The Color Purple) will direct. Honeymoon in Vegas will be produced by Dena Hammerstein, Roy Gabay, Dan Farah and Katie Face Productions. Honeymoon in Vegas tells the story of Jack Singer, a regular guyRead More »



I got a weird and huffy comment this morning on yesterday’s blog about “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.” Perhaps this guy was annoyed by my incessant Twittering about the Billy Joel project, perhaps he doesn’t like the sound of my voice, perhaps my guitar playing justifiably drives him to distraction. Who knows? But this is what he wrote: I’m trying to remember how I subscribed to this blog. If I recall correctly, this used to be a blog about a composer and the music he wrote. Also, I love Billy Joel, who doesn’t, but NO ONE decides they want toRead More »

Review: JRB & Shoshana Bean: Broadway stars shine with poignance and wit (The Oregonian, 1/30/12)


Marty Hughley’s review posted here. Jason Robert Brown & Shoshana Bean review: Broadway stars shine with poignance and witBy Marty Hughley, The Oregonian Monday, January 30, 2012 Midway through the second set of his Saturday-night concert, Jason Robert Brown apologized for interrupting the flow of the music, but said that he simply had to comment on what had just happened. “You know it, I know it, it’s just the way it is: You will never hear ‘Still Hurting’ sung so beautifully again in your life!” The song in question is from Brown’s 2002 Off-Broadway musical “The Last Five Years,” andRead More »



When I said I was going to cover The Stranger in its entirety, I knew (as did you all) that what I really meant is that I was going to have to deal with “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant.” This song is a singular, magnificent creation; it does not want to be reckoned with. I would not set about doing an arrangement of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” I would not put “my stamp” on side two of Abbey Road. But here I am, staring at seven and a half minutes of beautifully written, arranged and performed music and forcing myself to followRead More »