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Monthly Archives: August 2009



R. M. Kennedy asks: I’m going to be playing the piano in an upcoming production of Last Five Years, and I have a few questions. First, in No. 3 [See I’m Smiling], you mark that two passages are to be “vamped,” under spoken text. In the first instance, the bar after the vamp (“…I think we both can…”) forms the end of a phrase, but if the instructions are followed, there will be an odd number of bars in the phrase. Should I jump on the first bar of the vamp to even out the break, or should it beRead More »

“Songs for a New World” Concerts To Benefit Late Actor’s Foundation


Article in the here. This evening kicks off a terrific, if heartbreaking, event: a four-performance, three-night run of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row. All proceeds benefit the Patrick Michael McMurphy Foundation. The event is produced by Frank Calo’s Spotlight On Productions. For those of you unaware of McMurphy or the charity that now bears his name… …The Patrick Michael McMurphy Memorial Foundation (The PM3 Foundation), which was established shortly after the tragic death of 23-year-old actor Patrick Michael McMurphy on August 30, 2008. The PM3 Foundation provides scholarships andRead More »

JRB in Vancouver 8/21, and in the movies!


Hellobama, one and all! Two exciting items for you today. First, this coming Friday, August 21, I’ll be heading up to Vancouver, British Columbia, to check out Not Another Musical Co-Op’s fantastically-reviewed production of Songs for a New World, and then right after the show, I’m doing a solo concert right on the Pacific Theatre stage. So if you’re in Vancouver, you can check out the show AND the concert starting at 8 pm Friday night. You can click here to buy tickets online, and you can go here for more details about the production and the cast. I’m lookingRead More »