Jason Robert Brown
His major musicals as composer and lyricist include: The Bridges of Madison County, adapted by Marsha Norman from the blockbuster novel, and starring Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale; 13, written with Robert Horn and Dan Elish, which began its life in Los Angeles in 2007 and opened on Broadway in 2008 (and was subsequently directed by the composer for its West End premiere in 2012); 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 (and was subsequently directed by the composer in its record-breaking Off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre in 2013); Parade, written with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre in 1998, and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Musical, as well as garnering Jason the Tony Award for Original Score; Honeymoon In Vegas, based on Andrew Bergman’s film, which played on Broadway starring Tony Danza; and Songs for a New World, a theatrical song cycle directed by Daisy Prince, which played Off-Broadway in 1995, and has since been seen in hundreds of productions around the world. A film version of The Last Five Years was released in 2015, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan and directed by Richard LaGravenese; and a film version of 13 is in development with CBS Films. Parade was also the subject of a major revival directed by Rob Ashford, first at London’s Donmar Warehouse and then at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and was performed in concert at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall in February 2015 with a full orchestra conducted by the composer. His orchestral adaptation of E.B. White’s novel The Trumpet of the Swan premiered at the Kennedy Center with John Lithgow and the National Symphony Orchestra, and the CD was released on PS Classics. He has also contributed music to “Sesame Street” and “The Wonder Pets.” Most recently, Mr Brown served as the music supervisor and arranger for Prince of Broadway, a tribute to his mentor Hal Prince; and his production of The Last Five Years at London’s St. James Theatre, starring Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey, was honored with the Best Off-West End Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards. Future projects include The Connector, a new piece with Daisy Prince and Jonathan Marc Sherman; Mr. Saturday Night, a musical written with Billy Crystal and Amanda Green based on Mr Crystal’s film; and a new solo album on Ghostlight Records, How We React and How We Recover, to be released in summer 2018.
As a soloist or with his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, Jason has performed sold-out concerts around the world. His first solo album, Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes, was named one of Amazon.com’s best of 2005, and is available from Sh-K-Boom Records. A concert film Jason Robert Brown in Concert with Anika Noni Rose aired on PBS in 2015 and is available on Vimeo and iTunes. His collaboration with singer Lauren Kennedy, Songs of Jason Robert Brown, is available on PS Classics. Jason was on the faculty of the USC School of Dramatic Arts for nine years, and was the Blodgett Artist-In-Residence at Harvard University in 2014.