Brown, who contributed songs to this season’s Urban Cowboy, is one of the composers whose works will be heard during the June 6 and 7 “Broadway Divas” concerts, which opens the third annual Australian festival. Side Show’s Emily Skinner, recent Les Miz star Lauren Kennedy and The Wild Party’s Julia Murney will perform special arrangements of material written by Brown, Andrew Lippa, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich. Gordon Greenberg will direct the concerts, with musical direction by George Stitt. “The Broadway Divas” will be performed at the Dunstan Playhouse; show time is 7 PM.
On June 14 (9 PM) and June 15 (7:30 PM), Songs for a New World — Brown’s acclaimed song cycle — will be presented at the Dunstan Playhouse. The work, which features gospel-tinged ballads, R&B tunes and theatre love songs, will be performed by Spencer McLaren, Emily Skinner and Lauren Kennedy. Brown has expanded the score, which will be played by a 35-piece orchestra.
Brown’s The Last 5 Years, which played a brief run Off-Broadway starring Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz, will be presented at the Adelaide Festival’s Space Hall, June 18-21 at 7:15 PM. Brown and Lauren Kennedy will perform the song cycle about a broken marriage told from two different view points; they will be backed by the Caucasian Rhythm Kings.
And, “The Last Night Concert,” June 22 at 8 PM, will feature a mix of Brown’s music from such shows as Parade, Songs for a New World, The Last 5 Years and Urban Cowboy. Brown will be joined onstage by a host of performers as well as the Caucasian Rhythm Kings and the Cabaret Cat Scratch Band. The concert will be held at the Dunstan Playhouse.
Call 08-8216-8600 for tickets to the various events. For more information about the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, visit www.adelaidecabaret.com.