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“13: THE MUSICAL” MOVIE TRAILER!

7/13/22

Nineteen years after I started writing 13 with Dan Elish, I have the flabbergasting joy of presenting to you… the trailer for the Netflix motion picture “13: The Musical,” which begins airing on August 12! In this trailer, you get to see all of our teen stars – Eli Golden, Gabriella Uhl, Jonathan Lengel, JD McCrary, Frankie McNellis, Lindsey Blackwell – and so many of our amazing supporting cast – I see Ramon Reed, Nolan Dubuc, Luke Islam, Willow Moss, and if I freeze-frame, I can see Shechinah Mpumlwana, Khiyla Aynne, Kayleigh Cerezo and Liam Wignall – not to mention the grown-upsRead More »

SETLIST: THE NEW STUFF AT 54 BELOW (5/13-15/22)

6/5/22

When Mr. Saturday Night opened on April 29 at the Nederlander, it marked the first time I’ve had a new full score on Broadway since Honeymoon In Vegas closed in 2015. Certainly there’s been a lot going on in these seven years, but getting back on the Main Stem (and getting a Tony nomination to boot!) seemed like cause for celebration, and so I gathered the band, piled on the horns, brought along some new friends, and spent three nights at 54 Below singing and sharing what’s coming next. I had two aims: 1) showcase some new material, and 2)Read More »

A QUICK INTERVIEW

5/18/22

One of my kids’ camp counselors needed to interview a composer for her school, so I got volunteered. I ended up kind of liking what I had to say, so I thought I’d post it here in case it gives a little inspiration. Q: What is your background as a composer? A: I started off wanting to play the piano when I was seven years old. My parents found an old piano and I immediately sat down and started making noise. Making my own music seemed like much more fun than playing what was on the page, so I startedRead More »

SET LIST: CLOSING OUT ’21 AT 54 (12/11/21)

1/22/22

Not that long ago, I did 30 to 40 concerts a year, traveling all over the country, racking up frequent flier miles and staying in weird hotels and eating a lot of late dinners by myself. This year, I did three. (Not counting one performance this summer at my old sleepaway camp.) But I guess if you’re only going to do three, they should all be as special as these shows were to me. After a year of not performing, and the loss of my artistic home at SubCulture, I was so grateful for the chance to make music withRead More »

THE JRB HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2021

12/2/21

THE JRB HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2021 It’s holiday time!  Let’s fling our masks aside with joyous abandon and celebrate (as long as you’ve got a second mask on underneath). Over here at JRBHQ, I’m celebrating a bunch of exciting things: My new Broadway show, MR. SATURDAY NIGHT, starring the extraordinary Billy Crystal, begins previews at the Nederlander Theater on March 1 and opens March 31. All the information you need is right here at this site, and I’m so excited to have a show on Broadway again! On December 11, I’m back at New York’s FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW for another wonderfulRead More »

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