(Vocal Selections). Composer Jason Robert Brown says of his debut musical, "It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. The moment you think you know where you stand, the things that you're sure of slip from your hand, and you're suddenly a stranger in some completely different land." Our songbook features 10 vocal selections from the show: Christmas Lullaby * The Flagmaker, 1775 * Hear My Song * I'd Give It All for You * I'm Not Afraid of Anything * King of the World * The New World * She Cries * Stars and the Moon * Surabaya-Santa. Also includes an introduction by Brown.
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"Anyone interested in glimpsing the future of the American musical theater would do well to catch this new revue. […] The songs – some of them close to miniature plays – capture a wide variety of moods, from sweetly contemplative to sturdily inspirational. " - The Hollywood Reporter
"Brown is dizzily, unabashedly confident, and infuses his songs with optimism, as the hummable title song, “The New World,” suggests. […] The revue drifts through a series of gospel-driven ballads, funky R&B’s, drolly funny set pieces and heart-twisting love songs, the lyrics shot through with wit, intelligence, and enthusiasm for life’s crazy possibilities." - Time Out New York
"[Jason Robert Brown] manages to combine the tuneful accessibility of Alan Mencken [sic[ with the probing introspection of Stephen Sondheim, a combination that should prove irresistible in a full-fledged book musical. Here the revue style tantalizes, giving several glimpses at Brown’s gifts without placing them in any overarching context. […] he looms as a possible bridge between the old-style show-stoppers and the more recent character studies. You tap your toes while thinking long and hard about what you’re watching. The kid is good." - Backstage
"The show’s best numbers are illuminated by character and wit." - The New York Times
"The power [Brown] exhibits attacking the keyboard is similarly evident in his music – which has a great sense of propulsion, a genuine sense of drama. He is equally skillful at creating harmonies and using the four voices to good dramatic effect." - New York Daily News
After a workshop in Toronto, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD made its New York premiere Off-Broadway at the WPA Theater on October 11th, 1995. The 28-performance production featured performances from Jessica Molaskey, Andrea Bruns, Brooks Ashmanskas, and Billy Porter.