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Thursday, February 13, 2020

SET LIST: MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY, DALLAS PA, 2/10/20 by Jason Robert Brown

A gloomy, rainy Monday night in the middle of winter in a small college town in Eastern Pennsylvania turned into a wonderful chance to make some music, tell some stories, and listen to one o…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

RESIDENCY SETLIST: IN CONCERT WITH BETTY BUCKLEY 11/23-25/19 by Jason Robert Brown

Betty Buckley and I have been circling each other for over a quarter-century, always saying how much we love each other’s work and how much we’d love to collaborate, but never knowing ex…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

RESIDENCY SETLIST: VOSK ON FIRE 1/12/20 by Jason Robert Brown

I can’t predict how 2020 is going to go, but I can tell you one thing: I was more than ready to be done with 2019. Show #56 of the SubCulture Residency was designed to start the year off r…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

IN MEMORY OF HAL PRINCE by Jason Robert Brown

Yesterday, December 16, I was the musical director of a memorial for my mentor, the legendary director and producer Hal Prince, at the Majestic Theater on Broadway, where The Phantom of the …

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

RESIDENCY SETLIST: DeBOSE & NIEMIETZ 10/14/19 by Jason Robert Brown

Audition story #1: On January 9, 2006, we had our first auditions for a workshop production of 13 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. A girl named Sara Niemietz came in – I had previou…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Shut Up and Drink Your Champagne: The Impossible Life of the Impossible Elaine Stritch by Jason Robert Brown

In “Still Here,” a biography by Alexandra Jacobs, Stritch comes across as a matchless talent and a hopeless neurotic.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

RESIDENCY SET LIST: JENN COLELLA & CHILINA KENNEDY 9/9/19 by Jason Robert Brown

In the summer of 1984, I signed up to be in the Rock Band program at French Woods. Every other kid in Rock Band that summer was a guitarist or a drummer; no one ever knew what to do with a k…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

LA PASIÓN DE ESPARZA 8/9/19 by Jason Robert Brown

It feels like a cliché to write about a performer’s “passion,” such an overused word, and yet I can’t think of any other way to discuss the experience of putting this show together …

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

THE PRINCE OF BROADWAY by Jason Robert Brown

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Monday, July 29, 2019

RECOMMENDATION: GRACE McLEAN’S “IN THE GREEN” by Jason Robert Brown

Last night I went to Lincoln Center to see Grace McLean‘s thrilling musical, “In The Green.” I have been a fan of Grace’s for years, and she was my guest at a particularly wild SubCu…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A LOOK BACK AT “PARADE” by Jason Robert Brown

I started writing Parade twenty-five years ago, in 1994, and today I happened to be doing some work in my storage unit when I found a couple of really fun pieces of history from that show. T…

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Monday, July 1, 2019

SETLIST: GHOSTLIGHT THEATRE, BENTON HARBOR MI 6/29/19 by Jason Robert Brown

Paul Mow had a dream of building a theater in the newly-revitalized Arts District of Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Michigan, and as usual for Paul, he pushed and pushed and made it come true. I …

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

UPDATE ON THE UN-INVISIBLE GIRL by Jason Robert Brown

Three years ago, I got a call from Michael McElroy of Broadway Inspirational Voices, asking me if I would participate in an outreach that BIV was doing with the Ronald McDonald House. I said…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

RESIDENCY SET LIST 5/19/19: THE WAYNE BRADY DANCE PARTY by Jason Robert Brown

What is the recipe for a Wayne Brady? You need a pound of generosity and, like, a ton of charm, and then fourteen gallons of talent, open up a can of fearlessness, and sprinkle at least four…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

THE MAGIC OF DORIS DAY by Jason Robert Brown

Man, oh man, do I love Doris Day’s singing. It’s elegant but earthy, with her rich creamy voice that burrows deep into the chords and finds the perfect place to nestle, cozying up agains…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

RESIDENCY SET LIST: UMPHRESS AT LAST! 4/22/19 by Jason Robert Brown

Let’s be honest: some people sing better than others. And some people sing better than pretty much anyone. And one of those people is Alysha Umphress. I’ve been waiting for the chance to…

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SETLIST: KENNEDY CENTER, WASHINGTON DC (American College Theatre Festival), 4/18/19 by Jason Robert Brown

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the American College Theater Festival, and I was honored to be asked to be the keynote entertainer at the Kennedy Center (in the same theater where I condu…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

SETLIST: THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET, LONDON 3/31/19 by Jason Robert Brown

There is truly nothing more thrilling more me than stepping on to the stage of a historic theater and getting to add my own music to all the glorious sounds that preceded me. As I’ve now d…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

SET LIST: THE GRANDEL, ST. LOUIS MO 3/15/19 by Jason Robert Brown

A wonderful return to St. Louis after four years, to play at the beautiful Grandel in front of an amazing audience (including Broadway legend and STL native Ken Page!) – and featuring a gr…

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RESIDENCY SETLIST: CELEBRATING WITH LILLIAS WHITE 3/11/19 by Jason Robert Brown

Here’s how it works: At about four in the afternoon on a relentlessly rainy late winter day, your doorbell rings and you open the front door so your dog can jump on whoever has just arrive…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

RESIDENCY SET LIST 2/11/19: THE LAST-MINUTE DIVAS (VILLAFAÑE, MILLIGAN & WEISS) by Jason Robert Brown

What do you do when a last-minute schedule change means your featured guest star suddenly cancels her appearance? If you’re me, you take to Twitter, ask your followers who they would be mo…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

FIRE IN MY MOUTH by Jason Robert Brown

It is a very rare thing, what I saw tonight. The world premiere of a new oratorio by one of classical music’s most valuable, surprising and incisive composers, performed by the mighty New …

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Monday, January 7, 2019

RESIDENCY SET LIST 1/4/19: BACK TO BETSY by Jason Robert Brown

On New Year’s Eve, I said goodbye to 2018 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where Kate Baldwin and Ashley Perez Flanagan sang a ravishing version of my song “Singing You Home,” …

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Residency Set List 12/17: Closing Out 2018 with MYKAL KILGORE by Jason Robert Brown

It’s been an unbelievable year of shows at the SubCulture residency. So many dazzling artists doing thrilling work and really pushing me to keep up – Carrie Manolakos, Sutton Foster, the…

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

RESIDENCY SET LIST 11/5: CAROLEE CARMELLO & SOLEA PFEIFFER by Jason Robert Brown

Twenty years ago, Carolee Carmello headed the company of my first Broadway show, Parade, and poured her voice of molten brass right into my music for a Tony Award nomination and a performanc…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

SET LIST: The Hill School, Pottstown PA, 11/10/18 by Jason Robert Brown

The amazing Chris McGriff invited me out to the Hill School to share a wonderful night with his amazing students, who had just finished a run of Songs for a New World and couldn’t wait to …

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

RESIDENCY SET LIST 10/20: TY TAYLOR & SIERRA BOGGESS by Jason Robert Brown

You could find a dictionary definition of “charisma,” or you could just watch Ty Taylor. Here is a guy who pulls an audience right to him, whether he’s in a stadium in front of 50,000 …

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Saturday, October 20, 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018

HAPPY 15th ANNIVERSARY by Jason Robert Brown

I wrote a song in 2010 to celebrate the fact that Georgia Stitt and I had, at that point, made it through ten years of our relationship. Today marks our 15th wedding anniversary (so we’ve …

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Monday, August 20, 2018

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