Fans of songwriter / lyricist Jason Robert Brown are in luck, with not one but two of his musicals being shown by two local theater companies.
Until Sunday July 11, you can watch the Constellation Theater stream from The last five years with Adelina Mitchell and Alex Stone.
Meanwhile, Monumental Theater Company has just launched a large-scale virtual offering of the famous Songs for a New World, a cycle of pop / rock songs created in limited edition Off-Broadway in 1995.
The show introduced the world to both Brown, who also served as a pianist in the production’s five-piece group, and Billy Porter, who performed alongside Brooks Ashmanskas, Andrea Burns and Jessical Molaskey in the original cast. .
A series of seemingly unrelated stories revealing personal truths confidently shared as part of a small support group, Songs for a New World presents a demanding and varied vocal and emotional showcase for its performers, and includes acts that have since become showtune standards, including “Stars and the Moon”, “King of the World” and “I’m Not Afraid of Anything . “
Directed by Megan Bunn with choreography by David Singleton, the production of Monumental, based on the 2018 New York City Center Encores! version, includes Kylie Clare Smith, Sarah Anne Sillers, Elvie Ellis and Ryan Burke, as well as a nine-piece orchestra conducted by Marika Countouris. Nearly double the group size in the original Off-Broadway series, the Monumental production adds a luscious string section to four pieces.
“Songs for a New World talks about how growth is constant, but not always linear – it’s the mess of being human, ”Bunn says in the show’s press release.
“After the past year of isolation, reflection and judgment, the potential for compassion and community in the stories of these characters resonates more than ever with us.”
Songs for a New World is available to stream on demand until July 31. Tickets, allowing unlimited views within a 48-hour window, start at $ 25 for one viewer on one device, or $ 30 for multiple viewers per device, plus a service charge. Visit www.monumentalheatre.org.
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