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SOUND BLOG: OPENING THE BRIDGES VAULT, VOL. 1

3/22/17

Marsha Norman and I had just opened The Trumpet of the Swan at the Kennedy Center, and the reviews that morning were the best either of us have ever gotten in our entire careers. More importantly, we’d had a great time working together – we seemed to be in sync about what the piece wanted to be, in terms of the characters, the pacing, the overall tone of the storytelling. So I asked Marsha if we could do a real musical together, and she happily agreed. My first instinct was that I wanted to write something really romantic – afterRead More »

RESIDENCY SETLIST: PASQUALE PLUS 3/18/17

3/20/17

On Saturday night at SubCulture, you had raging violin solos, killer guitar playing, a Broadway hunk singing his heart out, a countertenor, a mandolin solo, and world-class tap dancing. Let’s face it, if there was anything you wanted to see at that show that you didn’t get to see, you just don’t want to see the right things. Noah Racey and I have been bumping into each other for years, and I’m such a huge fan of his dancing and his talent that we always end up saying, “We have to do something together!” But then we never do. Until!Read More »

A NEW GUIDE TO THE MUSIC ON JRB.COM

3/17/17

This site’s been up for over a decade now, and in that time, we’ve been posting lots of songs and snippets for your collective enjoyment. Here’s a quick roundup of where you can find all the music we’ve put online so far: from The Bridges of Madison County Another Life, Shoshana Bean (demo, 2012) State Fair/Who We Are And Who We Want To Be, Will Collyer, Nina Herzog, Jason Robert Brown & Kelli O’Hara (demo, 2012) One Second And A Million Miles, Andrew Samonsky & Elizabeth Stanley (promotional recording, 2015) from Songs for a New World: The New World/On TheRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST: SIERRA BOGGESS & MYKAL KILGORE 2/27

3/14/17

Sierra Boggess was supposed to be the first guest to join me in the SubCulture residency. In January 2015, we had announced the show, sold tickets, and rehearsed all the numbers – and then came The Blizzard. A massive winter storm caused the mayor to shut down public transportation in New York City, and once that happened, Marc and I realized we had to cancel the show.  Alas, from that night onward, Sierra became unavailable for the better part of two years – among other things, she starred in School of Rock on Broadway and then headed off to Paris toRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST: KELLI O’HARA 1/9/17

1/10/17

We could talk about the exquisite sensitivity and inescapable humanity of Kelli O’Hara singing “Christmas Lullaby,” a song which she said she couldn’t believe she hadn’t sung before… …or the crystalline brilliance of her performances from The Bridges of Madison County, recreated here with such defining authority… …or we could discuss the glories of this amazing orchestra, eleven wonderful musicians who commit to this music with such passion and command that they break my heart and fill it at the same time… …or we could even talk about Randy getting stuck in the corner again… …but let’s face it, allRead More »

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