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Monthly Archives: August 2007

Labor Day Concert with the National Symphony!


Come hear the opening of Songs for a New World with the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn of the Capitol! Also, some Rodgers, some Copland, some Gershwin, some Light In The Piazza, some Dvorák, some John Williams, some Tchaikovsky, some Leroy Anderson, some Stravinsky, and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” That’s some good company I’m in! More info here! If you see it, let me know how it goes! J.



An interviewer actually chided me the other day for not updating my blog more often. I pointed out to him that I was a little busy rewriting Parade, but that genuinely seemed not to satisfy him. The first interview Alfred and I did together in London was a disaster. The interviewer started by implying that we were particularly fortunate to get another chance to do Parade because it wasn’t very good on Broadway. Things went downhill from there. But my strange encounters with the press aside, it’s been very exciting revisiting this show, especially working at the Donmar, which isRead More »

DC Theatre Scene: Songs for a New World at Open Circle


I’ve been asked by several readers what I know about the production of Songs for a New World now playing at Open Circle Theatre in Washington DC, a production which has a cast of twenty-four and contains an additional song than the published version. Luckily, Joel Markowitz of DC Theatre Scene got Suzanne Richard, the very persistent, very compassionate, and very talented director, to talk about how the production came about. You can read the full article here, and you’ll also see photos of the production. I give them my blessing and my best wishes for an extremely successful run.Read More »



In any composer’s official biography, by which I mean the self-written essay which is included in the Playbill or inside the press kit or on the website, it is customary to include a list of upcoming projects, and starting in 1996, my bio always mentioned something called The Moneyman or The Moneyman Dances or some variation thereof, which was often referred to as “a dance musical.” I would write, in these bios, that a production of The Moneyman was forthcoming in this season or the next, which was always a lie; the show was never optioned for production anywhere. IRead More »