Posted on November 4, 2015 at 3:18 am


Last night, we closed out a year of fantastic concerts at SubCulture with a full-fledged stringstravaganza and a wonderful crop of singers. Rarities included a song that we cut during previews of 13 that I’ve never performed before; the song I wrote for my wedding (sung by one of the two singers who performed it that day twelve years ago!); and, at Rozz’s suggestion, a barn-burning rendition of a Bruno Mars song that apparently everyone in the world knew but me. Also last night, the debut of the two leads of the national tour of The Bridges of Madison County, who sang with such passion and force; and my first collaboration with the fantastic Rachel Tucker, who came and sang with me even after eight shows as Elphaba uptown.


The night also brought the news that, while this was the final show of the 2015 residency, there will be more JRB SubCulture shows coming in the New Year! We hope to announce the first three dates soon, and of course, there will be the usual collection of incredible musicians and singers to make merry and eat Jose Simbulan’s cookies.


Thanks as always to Marc and Stephen Kaplan and the whole wonderful gang at SubCulture – I feel so lucky to call it my artistic home.


JRB: Here I Come (cut from 13)
Rachel Tucker: Stars and the Moon (from Songs for a New World)
Rachel Tucker: Another Life (from The Bridges of Madison County)
Andrew Samonsky: Temporarily Lost (from The Bridges of Madison County)
Rozz Morehead: Locked Out Of Heaven (Bruno Mars, y’all)
Rozz Morehead: Letting You Go (from Songs of Jason Robert Brown)
JRB: Melinda
Rachel Tucker & Rozz Morehead: In This Room (original recording posted here)
JRB: Fifty Years Long
Elizabeth Stanley: To Build A Home (from The Bridges of Madison County)
Elizabeth Stanley & Andrew Samonsky: Before and After You/One Second And A Million Miles (from The Bridges of Madison County)
JRB: Moving Too Fast (from The Last Five Years) [second set only]
JRB: Wait ‘Til You See What’s Next (from Prince of Broadway)
JRB: Someone To Fall Back On (from Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes) [second set only]

JRB: piano, vocals
Randy Landau: electric and acoustic bass
Justin Goldner: electric and acoustic guitar, shaker
Gary Sieger: electric and acoustic guitar
Todd Reynolds: violin
Katherine Livolsi-Landau: violin
Kiku Enomoto & Monica Davis: violin/viola
Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf: cello
Benny Koonyevsky: drums and percussion


Photography by Erika Kapin