Songs for a New World — with Jason Robert Brown and Lauren Kennedy — to Benefit Fire-Ravaged NSMT

News   Songs for a New World — with Jason Robert Brown and Lauren Kennedy — to Benefit Fire-Ravaged NSMT A one-night-only benefit concert of Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World will help raise funds for the North Shore Music Theatre, which suffered a devastating fire in July.

The Oct. 24 concert will be held at the John Hancock Hall on Berkeley Street and will feature the talents of composer Brown and his band, The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, as well as Broadway actress Lauren Kennedy. A host of Boston talent will also be featured in the 8 PM evening, including Leigh Barrett, Mary Callanan, Brian Robinson, Kerry Dowling, Andrew Giordano, Brendan McNab, Maryann Zschau and Lynn Von Thaden. The performers — under the direction of Tony McLean — will be accompanied by a full symphonic orchestra. Paul S. Katz will musically direct.

In a statement director McLean said, "What occurred at NSMT was devastating for their patrons, the theatre community, and the region and everyone involved with Songs for a New World is honored to play a role in this fundraising effort. Thousands of people in New England have ties to North Shore Music Theatre and we encourage the public to support the theatre by attending this performance and donating to a theatre that has had a major influence on our community and now needs our help."

Tickets, priced at $35 and $50, are available by calling (978) 232-7200 or by visiting www.nsmt.org. The John Hancock Hall is located in Boston at 180 Berkeley Street.

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The North Shore Music Theatre is currently presenting its production of Camelot at Boston's Shubert Theatre. The theatre recently announced that its home theatre in Beverly will reopen for the upcoming production of The Full Monty. The David Yazbek-Terrence McNally musical will play the NSMT Nov. 1-20.