Brown — whose most recent musical, 13, just ended a limited engagement at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum — will offer a week of concerts at the famed Manhattan jazz club Birdland. Backed by the Caucasian Rhythm Kings, the Tony-winning composer will play the intimate venue April 4-8. Show times are 9 and 11 PM each night. Brown will be joined by an array of guest singers and will perform old favorites as well as newer works.
In his March newsletter Brown also reports that a cast recording has been made for 13, but there are no current plans to sell the disc. Writes Brown, "We did actually go into the studio this weekend and record the entire show with original cast and band . . . and we are going to mix that down and make an album. But we're not planning to sell it at the moment. There are numerous changes [book writer] Dan [Elish] and I want to make in the show, and we want the first commercially available recording to reflect all of those changes. So we're going to use the record we made just for promotions, for advertising, for raising money, all so we can bring the show to its next incarnation, wherever that may be." Brown said, however, that he will post some of the material from the recording sessions on his official website.
Jason Robert Brown, who was the musical director and arranger for the musical Urban Cowboy, won the Tony Award for Best Score for his Broadway debut, Parade. His two-person musical, The Last Five Years, played a brief run at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre, and was preserved on Sh-K-Boom Records. Brown also composed the score for Songs for a New World and wrote incidental music for Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, The Waverly Gallery and the Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Long Day's Journey Into Night. His newest musical is titled 13.
Birdland is located in Manhattan at 315 West 44th Street. Call (212) 581-3080 for reservations.
For more information about Jason Robert Brown, visit www.jasonrobertbrown.com.