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And so it came to pass that 52 musicians and 35 singing actors, the vast majority of whom were not even born when Songs for a New World debuted in 1995, convened on the stage of the auditorium at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD to perform an explosive and emotional concert of the music from my first show, and I got to stand on stage with them. Rolando and Kristofer Sanz began Young Artists of America three years ago, bringing together the finest young musicians and actors in the Washington DC corridor, and by the time they reachedRead More »



I headed out on the Acela yesterday, leaving my beloved Bridges of Madison County (which can run perfectly well without me being anywhere near it) so I could spend a week in the Washington DC area teaching and working with young actors and musicians. The main event is Saturday and Sunday’s concerts of Songs for a New World featuring the YAA orchestra, fifty musicians strong, as well as a host of local singers, both student and professional.  I get to conduct, play piano, maybe sing a little, but mostly revel in the sound these amazing young musicians make when theyRead More »



T. Michelle Murphy interviewed me for a Valentine’s Day article in Metro New York, and here’s how it went down. JASON ROBERT BROWN SHARES SOME WISDOM ABOUT LOVE by T. Michelle Murphy, February 10, 2014 Jason Robert Brown rose to acclaim largely thanks to his nuanced and truthful inspections of love between complicated, realistic couples. “The Last Five Years” mourns a marriage gone astray, while some of the medleys from “Songs for a New World” look at what happens to love when it’s compacted into a moment of truth. We spoke to the musician just before the opening of hisRead More »



SIRIUS XM TO PREMIERE JASON ROBERT BROWN’S SONG “A MILLION MILES” FROM THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY ON FEBRUARY 6, 2014 The producers of The Bridges of Madison County are pleased to announce “SIRIUSXM on Broadway” will debut the full version of “Before and After You/One Second & a Million Miles” by Jason Robert Brown. “SIRIUSXM On Broadway,” America’s only 24-7 radio channel dedicated to the theatre, will premiere the track on channel 72 on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 6PM EST, introduced by host Seth Rudetsky. Morning listeners can also tune in Friday, February 7, 2014, at 9:30AM ESTRead More »

NYT: “You’ve Got Another Chance, Broadway” JRB Profile 1/16/14


Lorne Manly’s profile in the New York Times Arts and Leisure section is on the NYT website, along with a wonderful video of the Bridges sitzprobe. You’ve Got Another Chance, Broadway Jason Robert Brown, Back in New York, With ‘Madison County’ by LORNE MANLY, Jan. 16, 2014 The composer Jason Robert Brown is never happier than when surrounded by musicians. Kibitzing with the string section, directing the percussionist to feather in the high-hat more softly, poking fun at his own orchestrations, Mr. Brown, 43, was in his element on a recent Thursday at a musical theater ritual known as theRead More »