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Monthly Archives: August 2010

JRB Interview for Music Express


I had the delightful privilege of being interviewed for John Jacobson’s Music Express Magazine, a Hal Leonard publication for elementary school kids. You can pick up the May/June 2010 issue here, which includes simplified sheet music for “What It Means To Be A Friend” and “Thirteen”, as well as a fun article about me and my work; and you can listen to my interview with Lauren Frost by clicking this little link right here. Thanks to Andy Waterman for setting up the interview, and thanks to Music Express for having me on board!

JRB on a European Tour and more!


Willkommen, bienvenue, hellobama! It’s going to be a very exciting September – the Caucasian Rhythm Kings and I are crossing the pond to bring our phantasmagoric extravaganza to the benighted peasantry of Europe, with some amazing singers along for the ride! First stop: HAMBURG! This will be my first time performing in Deutschland and I’m totally stoked. In addition to our intrepid trio, we’ve got four bona fide German musical theater stars singing along with us: PIA DOUWES, WILLEMIJN VERKAIK, VOLKAN BAYDARand ALEXANDER KLAWS! And there are more fantastic singers to come! We’ll be at the TUI Operettenhaus on Monday,Read More »



A beautiful afternoon in a gorgeous backyard in the Pacific Palisades with a fantastic band and sensational singers, all as a benefit for the Festival of New American Musicals. A lot of firsts for me: my first concert with a full band in LA, my first outdoor concert (at least since college), and my first time getting a cake brought to me on stage at the end of a show by my wife and daughter. Many thanks to Bob Klein, Marcia Seligson and Linda Shusett for choosing me as this year’s honoree and for allowing me to put this showRead More »



The Festival of New American Musicals first appeared in Southern California in 2008, and since then, the folks over there have been spreading the word about musical theater all around the region, bringing under their umbrella a wonderful diversity of shows, concerts, classes & competitions, so that even the sourpussiest curmudgeon will find something to cheer his miserable heart when he talks about “LA theater, grumble grumble.” Now, to celebrate the end of their third fantastic year, FNAM have given me the extraordinary honor of devoting their final concert to my work. And so, at a very fancy-shmancy garden partyRead More »