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WHY WE MADE “COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE”

12/18/20

The night that New York City went into lockdown, March 16, was to have been the 58th concert in my monthly residency at SubCulture, a series that has given me so much joy and fostered so much creativity and collaboration over the past five years that I can scarcely imagine my artistic life without it.  Since 2014, my band, my family, my fans, and a vast cross-section of the Broadway and music communities in New York City had converged on that spot on Bleecker Street once a month to help me make something magical happen. And yet, by order ofRead More »

NEW ALBUM “COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE” RELEASED 12/18!

12/14/20

I am overjoyed to announce the release of COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE, the remixed and remastered soundtrack of our Virtual SubCulture concert from this past April, featuring Shoshana Bean and Ariana Grande! You can pre-save the album today in advance of the digital release this Friday, December 18 – I can’t wait for you to hear these incredible performances re-conceived for your ears alone. Here’s the big fancy press release: Craft Recordings and Concord Theatricals are proud to announce the official album for Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s spring 2020 virtual SubCulture concert featuring Ariana Grande and ShoshanaRead More »

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN A NEW WORLD

10/10/20

That year, Bill Clinton was the president, and he was younger than I am now. That year, there was only one show eligible for the Best Score Tony, and so it went to Sunset Blvd. by default. That year, the legendary George Abbott died. Unrelated: Dua Lipa was born. As of that year, Andréa, who I’d met at summer camp when I was twelve years old, had not yet done a Broadway show (she’s now done seven). Neither had Brooks (he’s now done fourteen). Molaskey was still seven years away from recording her first album. And eighteen years would passRead More »

IN MEMORY OF BRENT CARVER

8/6/20

I only ever saw Brent Carver play two roles, both of them men unjustly imprisoned. His Molina in “Kiss of the Spider Woman” was flamboyant, relentless, emotions splaying like a pinwheel. I was working as a rehearsal pianist on that show, so I saw it probably thirty or forty times. Every time I saw it, he seemed to be experiencing it completely anew. He was surrounded by hardcore Broadway types who knew how to hit their marks and slam it to the back wall night after night, but Brent was doing something different, something much more slippery and dangerous; heRead More »

IN PERFORMANCE: FROM THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN FESTIVAL

6/28/20

Ordinarily, the International Thespian Festival is a gathering of thousands of theater teens converging on a college campus in the Midwest to geek out about plays and musicals and connect with the rest of the theatrical community in a crazy immersive week of workshops, performances, classes, exhibitions and the occasional unsanctioned midnight Hedwig sing-along. Such fraternization and festivity was, alas, not a possibility this year, but the show does go on, as we say, and so a Virtual Festival was curated, and I was asked to address the assembled masses. So now, thanks to the magic of the Internet andRead More »

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