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Monthly Archives: December 2009



Here’s how I’m getting 2010 off to a great start: Earlier this year, in May, East West Players presented a somewhat unconventional production of my musical, The Last Five Years. I say “unconventional” because East West Players is a Los Angeles-based company whose mission is to produce “outstanding works and educational programs that give voice to the Asian Pacific American experience.” The Last Five Years is a musical about a Jewish writer and an Irish-Catholic actress in New York City. Those are the only two characters. It’s about as Asian as burritos. I figured East West was doing the showRead More »

LA Times: Top 10 Theater 2009 (12/15/09)


Click here for Charles McNulty’s photo essay on the best theatre in California in 2009. And included in the list, this blurb about Parade: The Donmar Warehouse’s scaled-down version of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry’s 1998 musical about the execution of injustice done to Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager dubiously convicted of the rape and murder of a teenage employee, featured a top-notch cast led by T.R. Knight and Lara Pulver. The material is admittedly very stark for a musical, but Brown’s Tony-winning score lent an astonishing degree of moral nuance and color. On to 2010!

A JRB/Sheet Music Direct Last-Minute Holiday Special!


It’s a special time of year, and the folks at Sheet Music Direct have teamed up with me and Sh-K-Boom Records to offer a special last-minute holiday digital promotion! Last month, Sh-K-Boom released a new version of the Original Cast Album to “13”, featuring the entire Broadway score, two previously unreleased JRB demos, nine karaoke tracks, and – the most exciting part, as far as I’m concerned – two songs that have been added to the show in its new licensed version. Those two songs, “Being A Geek” and a revised version of “Opportunity”, were both newly recorded by theRead More »