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Monthly Archives: March 2006



Hey y’all! Eventually, we’ll be able to post these directly to the “ASK JRB!” page, but while we’re busy setting up the rest of the site, I thought I’d just send these out now! You asked some really great questions, and I had a lot of fun writing subtly evasive answers. Rick Piper asks: Is Last Five Years being performed anywhere in US in next few months? I saw it in Philadelphia two years ago–I saw it 3 times–it was brilliant! JRB responds: There seems to be some production of “The Last Five Years” happening everywhere, for which my accountantRead More »

Wall-to-Wall Stephen Sondheim on CD


Back on March 19, 2005, I was honored to participate in a concert at New York’s Symphony Space in tribute to Stephen Sondheim on the occasion of his 75th birthday. From 10 am to 10 pm, a host of incredible talents graced the stage and sang Sondheim, played Sondheim, talked about Sondheim, talked with Sondheim, and generally did everything you can imagine doing with a Sondheim song. My principal contribution was to write three choral arrangements for the Juilliard Choral Union, conducted by the wonderful Judith Clurman: “Merrily We Roll Along” (adapted from an earlier arrangement I had done forRead More »

Make Way for the Wonder Pets!


A new animated series on Nickelodeon, “Wonder Pets” sends Tuck Turtle,  Ming-Ming Duckling and Linny the Guinea Pig on adventures throughout the world to save animals in trouble.  And they rescue the animals in song!  Every episode is a twelve-minute operetta written by some of musical theater’s finest.  The first episodes air on Friday 3/3, and JRB’s episode (written with Larry Hochman), “Save the Unicorn!” premieres at 12 noon that day.  The whole show is unspeakably adorable.  Want more info?  Here’s the Daily News article about the show’s launch.

SOUND BLOG #1: Welcome to! (Finally.)


Wow. The first time I logged on to the Internet was in 1998, and shortly thereafter was the first time someone suggested I get my own website. It may seem odd that it’s taken me eight years to get around to it, but anyone who knows me knows that I tend to get things finished only when there’s an axe swinging at my head.  The axe in this case was my solo album, “Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes,” which was released last June.  Every time we would try to get press and media attention for this album which I love soRead More »