Celebrating 20 years since its first performance Off-Broadway, an all-new London production of triple-Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s first musical, Songs For a New World will run at the St James Theatre for three weeks only (22 July–8 August), directed by Adam Lenson.
Songs For a New World weaves characters, locations and time periods together in one extraordinary evening – from the deck of a Spanish sailing ship to the window-ledge of a New York penthouse. “It’s about one moment,” says the composer, “It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.”
Written when Jason Robert Brown was only 25, Songs For a New World broke the mould of the ‘showstopper’ Broadway musical. The show debuted Off-Broadway in 1995 and has since been seen in hundreds of productions around the world, including the UK premiere at the Bridewell Theatre in 2001.
Songs For a New World quickly established Jason Robert Brown as an intriguing new talent. Since then, the celebrated composer and lyricist has created Honeymoon in Vegas, currently running on Broadway; multi-award-winning Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County; 13, which Brown directed for its West End premiere in 2012 for National Youth Music Theatre; The Last Five Years, which won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics; and Parade, which won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Musical, as well as the Tony Award for Original Score. The film version of The Last Five Years has just been released in the USA.
This special 20th Anniversary production of Songs For a New World will feature an award-winning cast (to be announced shortly) and a stunning five-piece band bringing Brown’s score to life.
Adam Lenson recently directed the first London revival of The Goodbye Girl (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and directed and devised Come Fly With Me (Salisbury Playhouse). He created the sell-out concert series West End Recast (Phoenix and Duke of Yorks Theatres) and was also associate director on the Olivier Award-winning production of Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatres).
Lenson also directed the European premieres of Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios) and Little Fish and Saturn Returns (Finborough). He was associate sirector on The Duck House (National Tour and Vaudeville Theatre), Speed-the-Plow (Playhouse Theatre) and Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
Tickets go on sale to the public at 9am on Monday 9 March 2015.
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