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YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

STARRING JAMES EARL JONES

TO ALSO STAR KRISTINE NIELSEN;

WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC BY
JASON ROBERT BROWN

AUDIENCE REWARDS PRESALE BEGINS JUNE 4TH
PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT THE LONGACRE ON AUGUST 26TH

Producers of the upcoming Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama You Can’t Take It With You announce that Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen (Vonya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) joins previously announced Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle winner James Earl Jones (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Fences, The Great White Hope) as Penelope Sycamore in the cast. Further casting will be announced soon.  

Published in Broadway

THE BROADWAY DREAMS FOUNDATION

RETURNS TO PHILADELPHIA’S KIMMEL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

JULY 30 – AUGUST 5, 2012

TONY AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER

JASON ROBERT BROWN

WILL LEAD THE ROSTER OF BROADWAY TEACHING ARTISTS

New York, NY (July 20, 2012) – Philadelphia’s Broadway dreams will come true for the fourth consecutive summer when The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) partners with The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to present their Summer Performing Arts Intensive July 30 through August 5, 2012Jason Robert Brown, Tony Award winner for Parade, and a faculty of Broadway professionals will teach master classes during the week to aspiring Philadelphia area students interested in pursuing a career in musical theatre. A week’s end, the Broadway faculty will perform alongside BDF students in “Express Yourself,” a unique concert event directed by acclaimed New York director Matt Lenz (Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast) at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts’ Perelman Theater on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 3 pm and 8 pm.  Tickets range from $23 - $76 and are available now online at www.kimmelcenter.org, by calling 215-893-1999 or by visiting the Kimmel Center Box Office (260 Broad Street).

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
PRESENTS
A LAB PRODUCTION OF

S O N G S   F O R   A   N E W   W O R L D

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY JASON ROBERT BROWN

DIRECTED BY BETHANY  CHRISTINE ELKIN

MUSIC DIRECTION BY JUSTIN FISCHER

FEATURING DIANA BUCHWALD, BEN GARRETT,
KRISTA PAOLELLA AND RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ

6 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
AUGUST 4 - 12, 2012
AT THE YORK THEATRE AT SAINT PETER’S CHURCH

New York, NY (July 16, 2012)  As part of a new initiative supporting promising young artists Off-Broadway, The York Theatre Company(James Morgan,Producing Artistic Director), in association with Patricia Hoag Simon,  presents a new lab production of Songs for a New World with music and lyrics byJason Robert Brown Songs for a New World will play 6 performances, August 4 - 12 20 – 23, 2012 at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s including special late-night performances on Fridays for “the show after the show.”(Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

JASON ROBERT BROWN’S

THE LAST FIVE YEARS

ADDED TO SECOND STAGE THEATRE’S
UPCOMING 2012-2013 SEASON

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Season also includes the previously announced:

MODERN TERRORISM,
OR THEY WHO WANT TO KILL US
AND HOW WE LEARN TO LOVE THEM

Winner of the 2012 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award

A World Premiere Comedy by JON KERN

Directed by PETER DuBOIS

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL

New York Premiere of 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winner

By QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES

Directed by DAVIS McCALLUM

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One Additional Production Still To Be Announced

May 30, 2012 – Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced that Jason Robert Brown’s musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS has been added to the company’s upcoming 2012-2013 season.  The musical, which has not been seen in New York City since its brief off-Broadway run over ten years ago, will be directed by Mr. Brown. 

CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR

PRINCE OF BROADWAY

A NEW MUSICAL CELEBRATING THE CAREER OF HAL PRINCE

Lead producers Aubrey Dan, Martyn Hayes and Peter W. Lamb for Dancap Productions Inc., have announced the creative team for PRINCE OF BROADWAY, a new musical celebrating legendary Broadway director and producer Harold “Hal” Prince.

PRINCE OF BROADWAY is in development now, aiming for a Toronto production in the summer of 2012, prior to opening on Broadway that fall.

Celebrating the most influential and successful career in the American theater of the past 60 years, PRINCE OF BROADWAYwill look at the circumstances and fortune, both good and bad, that led to Hal Prince creating some of the most enduring and beloved theater of all time, from 1954’s The Pajama Game to The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history.

PRINCE OF BROADWAY will feature words and music from the shows that have earned Hal Prince a record 21 Tony Awards®.

PRINCE OF BROADWAY will be directed by Mr. Prince with co-direction and choreography by Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact, Crazy for You).  David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys, Chicago [adaptation]) is writing the book andJason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade) is writing vocal and dance arrangements.  Orchestrations will be by Don Sebesky (Come Fly Away, Kiss Me Kate [revival]).  Eric Stern (Shrek the Musical, Parade) will serve as musical director.

The design team for PRINCE OF BROADWAY includes scenic and projection design by Jerome Sirlin (Kiss of the Spider Woman), costume design by William Ivey Long (Catch Me If You Can, The Producers, Crazy for You), lighting design byHowell Binkley (Memphis, Jersey Boys) and sound design by Peter Hylenski (The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages).

HAROLD PRINCE directed the original productions of Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, The Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, Company, Follies, Candide, Pacific Overtures, Evita, Parade, LoveMusik, and Paradise Found. Before becoming a director, Mr. Prince’s productions included The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello! and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  Among the plays he has directed areHollywood Arms, The Visit, The Great God Brown, End of the World, Play Memory and his own play, Grandchild of Kings.  He prepared a new version of Phantom, which is running in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel.  His opera productions have been seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Vienna Staatsoper and the Theater Colon in Buenos Aires.  He served as a trustee for the New York Public Library and on the National Council of the Arts of the NEA.  Recently, he became an officer with the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Government for “contributing significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.”  He is the recipient of a National Medal of Arts for the year 2000 from President Clinton for a career spanning more than 40 years, in which “he changed the nature of the American musical.”  In 2010, he received the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s Monte Cristo Award.  The recipient of 21 Tony Awards®, he was a 1994 Kennedy Center Honoree.

Launched in 2007 by Aubrey Dan, DANCAP PRODUCTIONS INC. is a Tony Award-winning commercial theatre company based in Toronto, and dedicated to producing and presenting the very Best of Broadway-style theatre created in collaboration with acclaimed artists and award-winning creative teams. Current Broadway shows with producing and investment credits include: The Addams Family, Memphis and Jersey Boys. International and past Broadway credits include: Ghost the Musical,Wicked, Come Fly Away, Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, [Title of Show], Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, West Side Story, A Little Night Music, In The Heights and Jersey Boys: the First National Tour including cities in western Canada in 2012, productions in Las Vegas, the West End, Sydney and the recent record-breaking run in Toronto. www.DancapTickets.com

TONY AWARD WINNER

JASON ROBERT BROWN

WITH TONY AWARD WINNER

ANIKA NONI ROSE

AND THE CAUCASIAN RHYTHM KINGS

BEGIN CONCERTS TONIGHT AT
HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT – ABRONS ARTS CENTER

THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY: APRIL 28-30

CONCERTS TO BE RECORDED FOR FUTURE BROADCAST ON PBS

(New York, NY – April 28, 2011) Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, 13, The Last Five Years, Songs for a New World) and Tony Award-winning stage and screen star Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) and The Caucasian Rhythm Kings begin a special three-night concert engagement tonight at the Henry Street Settlement – Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand at Pitt). The concerts will also be filmed for future broadcast on PBS.

Performances will take place April 28-30 at 8pm at the Henry Street Settlement. All tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www.theatermania.com or by phone at 212-352-3101.

Following a sold out London engagement and a hugely successful run at the legendary jazz club Birdland, Jason Robert Brown brings his explosive solo show downtown to Henry Street Settlement featuring special guest Anika Noni Rose and an eight-piece band. This high-energy and passion-filled performance will include songs from Jason’s acclaimed musicals as well as his solo albums and upcoming projects, such as Honeymoon In Vegas, The Bridges of Madison County, The Trumpet of the Swan, and his forthcoming solo album.

JASON ROBERT BROWN has been hailed as “one of Broadway's smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his “extraordinary, jubilant theater music” (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances.  The New York Times refers to Jason as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.”  His four major musicals as composer and lyricist include: 13, a musical written with Robert Horn and Dan Elish, winner of the LA Drama Critics Circle Award in 2008; The Last Five Years, which was cited as one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best of 2001 and won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics; Parade, a musical written with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre in 1998, and subsequently garnered Jason the Tony Award for Original Score; and Songs for a New World, a theatrical song cycle directed by Daisy Prince, which played Off-Broadway in 1995.  In the wings: Honeymoon In Vegas, a musical adaptation of the 1992 film, written with Andrew Bergman; The Bridges of Madison County, a musical adapted with Marsha Norman from the bestselling novel; and The Connector, a new chamber musical opening in 2012.  Jason's orchestral adaptation of E.B. White’s novel The Trumpet of the Swan will be released on PS Classics this summer.  His songs, including the cabaret standard “Stars and the Moon,” have been recorded by Audra McDonald, Betty Buckley, Karen Akers, Renée Fleming, Jon Hendricks and many others, and his song “Someone To Fall Back On” was featured in the Walden Media film, Bandslam.

Jason’s first solo album, “Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes”, featuring his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, was named one of Amazon.com’s best of 2005, and is available from Sh-K-Boom Records.  His collaboration with singer Lauren Kennedy, “Songs of Jason Robert Brown”, is available on PS Classics. He was a Tony Award nominee for his contributions to the score of Urban Cowboy the Musical, and he has also contributed music to the Nickelodeon television series, “The Wonder Pets.”  Jason currently teaches musical theater performance and composition at USC.  He lives with his wife and daughters in Los Angeles, California.  Jason is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 & 47.  Visit him on the web at www.jasonrobertbrown.com and on Twitter @MrJasonRBrown. 

ANIKA NONI ROSE won the Tony, Lucille Lortel, Theater World, and Clarence Derwent awards and received a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal of ‘Emmie Thibodeaux’ in Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change. She also starred in the West Coast premiere of the production, and won both The Los Angeles Critics’ Circle Award and an Ovation Award. Most recently, Anika earned an NAACP Image Awards nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture” for her role in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, alongside co-stars Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad and Whoopi Goldberg. Anika starred as ‘Lorrell Robinson’ in the feature-film adaptation of Dreamgirls. The film received an AFI ensemble award, as well as a SAG award nomination. Anika herself received a nomination for an NAACP award and both the soundtrack and the song “Patience” were nominated for Oscars. In 2010, Anika starred as the voice of ‘Princess Tiana’ in Disney’s The Princess & The Frog, leading the filmto three Oscar nominations, including Best Animated Feature and two Best Songs. On television, Anika has been seen as Assistant District Attorney ‘Wendy Scott-Carr’, on CBS’s The Good Wife and starred in The No. 1 Ladies Detective agency, which aired on both HBO and the BBC. It also received the prestigious Peabody Award in 2010. Anika’s additional theatre roles include Footloose, off-Broadway’s Eli’s Comin’ (Obie Award), and starring as ‘Maggie’ in Deborah Allen’s acclaimed production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof on Broadway. Anika has sung all over the world, including the The Vatican, Carnegie Hall, and at the 79th Annual Academy Awards.  In early 2011, she made her solo cabaret debut in NY as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series. She also recently performed a solo concert at the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian room in San Fransisco, CA. In addition, Anika Noni Rose, alongside Orlando Bloom and Malcolm McDowell, has given the works of William Shakespeare a new spin in Los Angeles, joining conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a new classical experience of 'The Bard'. The three movie stars recited selections from Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet and The Tempest,  as Dudamel and his orchestra performed pieces from Tchaikovsky, inspired by the plays. The performance took place on March 11, 2011, and was transmitted live on March 13th to movie theaters across the United States and Canada. Anika has also received an honorary PhD. from Florida A&M University.

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TONY AWARD WINNER

JASON ROBERT BROWN

TO PLAY CONCERT ENGAGEMENT AT

HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT – ABRONS ARTS CENTER

 

WITH TONY AWARD WINNER

ANIKA NONI ROSE

AND THE CAUCASIAN RHYTHM KINGS

 

THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY: APRIL 28-30

FOLLOWING SOLD-OUT ENGAGEMENTS IN LONDON AND

AT LEGENDARY JAZZ CLUB BIRDLAND

CONCERTS TO BE RECORDED FOR FUTURE BROADCAST ON PBS

(New York, NY – April 4, 2011) Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, 13, The Last Five Years, Songs for a New World) will be joined by Tony Award-winning stage and screen star Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) and The Caucasian Rhythm Kings for a special three-night concert engagement this spring at the Henry Street Settlement – Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand at Pitt). The concerts will also be filmed for future broadcast on PBS.

Following a sold out London engagement and a hugely successful run at the legendary jazz club Birdland, Jason Robert Brown brings his explosive solo show downtown to Henry Street Settlement featuring special guest Anika Noni Rose and an eight-piece band. This high-energy and passion-filled performance will include songs from Jason’s acclaimed musicals as well as his solo albums and upcoming projects, such as Honeymoon In Vegas, The Bridges of Madison County, The Trumpet of the Swan, and his forthcoming solo album.

Performances will take place April 28-30 at 8pm at the Henry Street Settlement. All tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www.theatermania.com or by phone at 212-352-3101.

JASON ROBERT BROWN has been hailed as “one of Broadway's smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his “extraordinary, jubilant theater music” (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances.  The New York Times refers to Jason as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.”  His four major musicals as composer and lyricist include: 13, a musical written with Robert Horn and Dan Elish, winner of the LA Drama Critics Circle Award in 2008; The Last Five Years, which was cited as one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best of 2001 and won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics; Parade, a musical written with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre in 1998, and subsequently garnered Jason the Tony Award for Original Score; and Songs for a New World, a theatrical song cycle directed by Daisy Prince, which played Off-Broadway in 1995.  In the wings: Honeymoon In Vegas, a musical adaptation of the 1992 film, written with Andrew Bergman; The Bridges of Madison County, a musical adapted with Marsha Norman from the bestselling novel; and The Connector, a new chamber musical opening in 2012.  Jason's orchestral adaptation of E.B. White’s novel The Trumpet of the Swan will be released on PS Classics this summer.  His songs, including the cabaret standard “Stars and the Moon,” have been recorded by Audra McDonald, Betty Buckley, Karen Akers, Renée Fleming, Jon Hendricks and many others, and his song “Someone To Fall Back On” was featured in the Walden Media film, Bandslam.

Jason’s first solo album, “Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes”, featuring his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, was named one of Amazon.com’s best of 2005, and is available from Sh-K-Boom Records.  His collaboration with singer Lauren Kennedy, “Songs of Jason Robert Brown”, is available on PS Classics. He was a Tony Award nominee for his contributions to the score of Urban Cowboy the Musical, and he has also contributed music to the Nickelodeon television series, “The Wonder Pets.”  Jason currently teaches musical theater performance and composition at USC.  He lives with his wife and daughters in Los Angeles, California.  Jason is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 & 47.  Visit him on the web at www.jasonrobertbrown.com and on Twitter @MrJasonRBrown. 

ANIKA NONI ROSE won the Tony, Lucille Lortel, Theater World, and Clarence Derwent awards and received a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal of ‘Emmie Thibodeaux’ in Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change. She also starred in the West Coast premiere of the production, and won both The Los Angeles Critics’ Circle Award and an Ovation Award. Most recently, Anika earned an NAACP Image Awards nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture” for her role in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, alongside co-stars Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad and Whoopi Goldberg. Anika starred as ‘Lorrell Robinson’ in the feature-film adaptation of Dreamgirls. The film received an AFI ensemble award, as well as a SAG award nomination. Anika herself received a nomination for an NAACP award and both the soundtrack and the song “Patience” were nominated for Oscars. In 2010, Anika starred as the voice of ‘Princess Tiana’ in Disney’s The Princess & The Frog, leading the filmto three Oscar nominations, including Best Animated Feature and two Best Songs. On television, Anika has been seen as Assistant District Attorney ‘Wendy Scott-Carr’, on CBS’s The Good Wife and starred in The No. 1 Ladies Detective agency, which aired on both HBO and the BBC. It also received the prestigious Peabody Award in 2010. Anika’s additional theatre roles include Footloose, off-Broadway’s Eli’s Comin’ (Obie Award), and starring as ‘Maggie’ in Deborah Allen’s acclaimed production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof on Broadway. Anika has sung all over the world, including the The Vatican, Carnegie Hall, and at the 79th Annual Academy Awards.  In early 2011, she made her solo cabaret debut in NY as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series. She also recently performed a solo concert at the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian room in San Fransisco, CA. In addition, Anika Noni Rose, alongside Orlando Bloom and Malcolm McDowell, has given the works of William Shakespeare a new spin in Los Angeles, joining conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a new classical experience of 'The Bard'. The three movie stars recited selections from Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet and The Tempest,  as Dudamel and his orchestra performed pieces from Tchaikovsky, inspired by the plays. The performance took place on March 11, 2011, and was transmitted live on March 13th to movie theaters across the United States and Canada. Anika has also received an honorary PhD. from Florida A&M University.

 

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