Sept. 26-27, Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown will lead a nine-piece chamber orchestra in new and familiar compositions from his career, followed by a discussion of his creative process and a reception for the artist.
Brown first appeared as a musical theatre composer with his revue, Songs for a New World, produced Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre, starring two of the Guggenheim concert's performers, Brooks Ashmanskas and Jessica Molaskey. In 1998, he made his Broadway debut with Lincoln Center's production of Parade. With a book by Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy), Parade won Brown a Tony Award for Best Score. Two of his songs, "Stars and the Moon" and "You Don't Know This Man," were featured on Audra McDonald's debut CD, "Way Back To Paradise" with "Stars and the Moon" sung on her Boston Pops concert special.
Singing with Ashmanskas (Little Me, How to Succeed in Business) and Molaskey (Parade, The Who's Tommy) are Keith Byron Kirk (The Civil War, A New Brain), Randy Redd (Parade), James Barbour (Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast), Jill Geddes, Stacy Francis (Footloose), and Brooke Sunny Moriber (Parade).
Among the tentative list of songs are Brown pieces from Songs and Parade:
"Stars and Moon" -- Molaskey
"King of the World" -- Kirk
"Hear My Song" -- Full Company
"The Old Red Hills of Home"
"You Don't Know This Man"
"That's What He Said" -- Kirk
"All the Wasted Time" and new numbers from Brown's upcoming Michael Milken musical, The Moneyman, and an untitled project:
"Money Gonna Make You a Real Man"--Kirk
"Reborn" -- Brown, Ashmanskas, Kirk
"I'm in Bizness" -- Brown, Company
"Coming Home (The Ballad of Michael Milken)" -- Brown, Ashmankas
"Still Hurting" -- Molaskey
"I Could be in Love With Someone Like You" -- Brown
"Someone to Fall Back On" -- Brown
A reception with Brown and the performers will follow the concerts in the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda.
Tickets are $15 general admission with students with ID admitted for free. To reserve a place, call the Guggenheim at (212) 423-3587. The Peter B. Lewis Theatre is located at 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street.
-- By Christine Ehren