Jason Robert Brown (Composer, Lyricist, Original Director)
Jason Robert Brown is the composer and lyricist of 13 with Robert Horn and Dan Elish, which began its life in Los Angeles in 2007 and opened on Broadway 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, with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theater in 1998 and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Musical and the Tony Award for Best Original Score; 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. 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. Upcoming musical projects include Honeymoon in Vegas with Andrew Bergman, a musical adaptation of the 1992 film, and The Bridges of Madison County with Marsha Norman, adapted from the bestselling novel. He is also working with Daisy Prince and Jonathan Marc Sherman on a new chamber musical called The Connector. 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. Mr. Brown is the winner of the 2002 Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyrics and the 1996 Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Award for Musical Theatre. As a soloist or with his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, he has performed sold-out concerts around the world. His first solo album, Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes, featuring 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. Jason is also the composer of the incidental music for David Lindsay-Abaire’s Kimberly Akimbo and Fuddy Meers, Marsha Norman’s Last Dance, David Marshall Grant’s Current Events, Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery, and the Irish Repertory Theater’s production of Long Day’s Journey into Night. Jason will be serving as the musical supervisor and arranger for the upcoming musical, Prince of Broadway, a celebration of the career of Harold Prince. Jason studied composition with Samuel Adler, Christopher Rouse, and Joseph Schwantner at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.