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THE ROLLING TIDE OF HISTORY (SETLIST: HUNTSVILLE, AL, 6/25/15)

6/28/15

I could not have known when I scheduled this week’s concert in Huntsville, Alabama, that we would be in the middle of a roller-coaster ride through ten historic days in this nation’s history, starting with the unspeakable horror of last week’s shooting in Charleston and ending, in what would have been unimaginable even five years ago, with the exhilarating affirmation from the Supreme Court that gay marriage is legal across the entire United States. But that triumphant ending was yet to come when I did my concert at the Von Braun Center on Thursday night, and what was most onRead More »

SET LIST: PORTLAND, OR. 6/14/15

6/17/15

This weekend marked my third trip to Portland, Oregon to visit the fantastic folks at Staged!PDX. I first came to town in June 2010 when they did a wonderful production of Songs for a New World at the Milagro Theater, and then Shoshana Bean and I returned in January 2012 for a sensational night at the First Congregational Church (and I got to watch a rehearsal of their great production of 13). So now, after three and a half years, I’m back again, and delighted to see the company on such solid footing, and doing all kinds of exciting workRead More »

ASK JRB ABOUT ALTERNATE KEYS FOR 13

5/29/15

Ooh, I haven’t done one of these in a while! Jason Marks writes: Getting ready to musically direct 13 this fall, and just had callbacks last night. We had lots of terrific kids who are great actors and most who are fairly strong singers. However, the role of Evan Goldman is proving to be a tricky one to cast because of young voices, puberty and wide ranges. What exactly is Evan’s voice type? Should the boy who plays him have a voice that has already dropped? In listening to the original cast recording, the original boy almost seems to beRead More »

SET LIST: JRB at the ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON 5/26/15

5/27/15

I am profoundly grateful for the music-making I’ve been able to do in the past six months: the SubCulture concerts, the Parade concert at Avery Fisher Hall in Feburary, the Trumpet of the Swan performances in Germany in March, and of course the run of Honeymoon In Vegas on Broadway earlier this year. Last night at the Royal Festival Hall felt like a wonderful culmination of this amazing period of time. I haven’t been back to London since the NYMT production of 13 in the West End in 2012. In the years since, I’ve had two shows open on Broadway,Read More »

JRB RESIDENCY SET LIST 5/15: BEAN, JACKSON, KARR & THE GANG

5/16/15

For some of these SubCulture concerts, I start off with a Big Idea (like doing a two-piano concert with Tom Kitt), but I didn’t have a particularly Big Idea for this month’s concert, just some wonderful singers I love making music with. Shoshana Bean is almost never in New York, so I grabbed the opportunity to get her to SubCulture now before her UK tour or her starring role in Beaches in Chicago this summer. I’ve been singing with Shoshana for years now, and there has never been a time when she hasn’t blown me away with her talent –Read More »