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JRB ON YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

8/27/14

Kaufman and Hart’s wonderful comedy You Can’t Take It With You won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1936 and has been a staple of theaters all across America ever since.  A new production started previews tonight on Broadway, starring James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Ashley and Kristine Nielsen, and I was lucky enough to write the incidental music. Ted Sod interviewed me about my score for the play earlier this month for the Roundabout Theatre Company blog, so now you can read all about my history with the Vanderhof clan, including the rather surprising role that I played in aRead More »

SET LIST: JRB & SHOSHANA BEAN AT SUBCULTURE 8/4/14

8/5/14

About a year ago, Marc and Steven Kaplan opened a new venue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan called SubCulture, and it’s exactly the kind of room I love to play – 150 seats, beautiful Steinway piano, great sound system, no drink minimum.  So when Shoshana Bean called me last month to tell me that she was going to be in New York for a very short time but wanted to do a concert with me, I called over there and was so lucky to find a night when the club was available and Sho and I could bothRead More »

COMING SOON, I PROMISE

7/28/14

There’s a long, long boring story about why the Bridges of Madison County vocal selections haven’t come out yet, but this photo documents what we all hope are the final stages of preparation: the last round of proofs! Hang in there, folks! And buy your tickets for August 4 at SubCulture right here! We’re almost sold out! J.

VIDEO: JRB & STEPHANIE BLOCK AT THE VULTURE FESTIVAL

7/15/14

Jesse Green invited me to do a live interview with him at this year’s Inaugural Vulture Festival sponsored by New York Magazine. He also asked if I would bring along an additional singer, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get to know Stephanie J. Block, who I’ve seen do such amazing work for many years although we’ve never gotten to work together. Thankfully, Stephanie was not only available, but she agreed to learn five songs she’d never sung before, and to learn them in the space of less than a week! This video comprises most of the conversationRead More »

CLOSING A CIRCLE

6/25/14

  There are several stories in this picture, beyond the obvious one of a piano-playing songwriter standing onstage at Radio City Music Hall with one of his greatest inspirations. But this is the story that is most important to me: Carol Klein grew up in the late forties and early fifties in a brick, two-family house in Sheepshead Bay. Her upstairs neighbors were the Browns, Irving and Chickie, who had three kids, Michael, Terri and Stuart. Carol was a year older than Stuart, but he always remembered her and her little brother, Richard, who had been born deaf and severelyRead More »