Stars and the Moon: Top Ten Songs By Jason Robert Brown

By Ben Rimalower
10 May 2014

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9. "Surabaya Santa" from Songs for a New World (Additional lyrics by Kristine Zbornik)

Hilariously titled in homage to the Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht standard, "Surabaya Johnny," "Surabaya Santa" is in the same vein: An angry lament sung by a spurned woman, in this case cleverly transposed to the North Pole to give vent to the frustrations of Mrs. Santa Claus. The Santa Claus story affords a plethora of opportunities for comic gold and "Surabaya Santa" hits them all when set to Brown's assured music, which taking on the weight of a Weill parody with enviable ease.