Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World will have its Northwest premiere Sept. 5-Oct. 12 at Seattle's Crepe de Paris Dinner Cabaret. The popular song cycle is directed by Bill Berry, musical directed by RJ Tancioco and features four of the Emerald City's musical theatre veterans, including 5th Avenue Theatre regular Louis Hobson (Claude in Hair and Freddy in the upcoming My Fair Lady).
Songs for a New World is a series of tunes loosely focused on change, newness and discovery. "Stars and Moon" was the break-out hit of the show and has gone on to be a popular cabaret and vocalist album selection. There are comic numbers, the frantic and dark "Just One Step" and the Christmas parody "Surabaya-Santa," alongside quiet ballads like "The World Was Dancing" and "I'd Give It All for You."
Joining Hobson are Ann Evans, Anna Lauris and Ty Willis. Lauris' credits include Fiona in Brigadoon and Anita in West Side Story at the Village Theatre and the world premiere of The Prince and the Pauper at the 5th Avenue Theatre.
Tickets are $21-$48. The Crepe de Paris Dinner Cabaret is located in Ranier Square at 4th and Union. For reservations, call (206) 623-4111.
— By Christine Ehren