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Biography of Jason Robert Brown

JASON ROBERT BROWN has been hailed as “one of Broadway's smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his “extraordinary, jubilant theater music “ (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances. Jason is the composer and lyricist of the musical, “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. The original cast recording is available on Sh-K-Boom Records. Jason won a 1999 Tony Award for his score to "Parade", a musical written with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre in December 1998, and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Musical. “Parade” was also presented on a national tour in 2000, which Jason conducted. Jason’s first musical, "Songs for a New World," a theatrical song cycle directed by Daisy Prince, played Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre in the fall of 1995, and has since been seen in more than two hundred productions around the world. Both shows were recorded for RCA Victor. Jason’s scores are published by Hal Leonard Music. Jason is the winner of the 2002 Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyrics and the 1996 Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Award for Musical Theatre. Jason’s songs, including the cabaret standard “Stars and the Moon,” have been performed and recorded by Audra McDonald, Betty Buckley, Karen Akers, Renée Fleming, Philip Quast, Jon Hendricks and many others. 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,” and he was a Tony Award nominee for his contributions to the score of “Urban Cowboy the Musical.” Jason is honored to be an Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. His collaboration with singer Lauren Kennedy, “Songs of Jason Robert Brown,” is available on PS Classics. He is at work on a solo album, featuring his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, including guitarist Gary Sieger and bassist Randy Landau; and he is writing a string quartet for Ethel, to be premiered in 2004. He has two new musicals in development.

As a conductor and arranger, Jason’s recent New York credits include “Urban Cowboy the Musical” on Broadway, Oliver Goldstick’s play, "Dinah Was," directed by David Petrarca, at the Gramercy Theatre and on national tour; and William Finn’s "A New Brain," directed by Graciela Daniele, at Lincoln Center Theater. Jason was the musical director of the pop vocal group, The Tonics, with whom he performed at the 1992 tribute to Stephen Sondheim at Carnegie Hall (recorded by RCA Victor); he was the conductor and orchestrator of Yoko Ono’s musical, "New York Rock," at the WPA Theatre (on Capitol Records); and he orchestrated Andrew Lippa’s "john and jen," Off-Broadway at Lamb’s Theatre (Varese Sarabande). In 1994, Jason was the conductor and arranger of Michael John LaChiusa’s "The Petrified Prince," directed by Harold Prince, at the Public Theatre. Additionally, Jason served as the orchestrator and arranger of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams’s score for a proposed musical of "Star Wars." Jason also took over as musical director for the Off-Broadway hit "When Pigs Fly." Jason has conducted and created arrangements and orchestrations for Liza Minnelli, Tovah Feldshuh, and Laurie Beechman, among many others.

Jason studied composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., with Samuel Adler, Christopher Rouse, and Joseph Schwantner. He now lives in New York City. Jason is a proud member of the Dramatist’s Guild and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802.

Shows by Jason Robert Brown

Last Five Years
Parade
Songs For A New World
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Bridges of Madison County