THE SCREENING ROOM: Happy Birthday, Jason Robert Brown (Video)
20 Jun 2013
Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, whose The Last Five Years was recently seen Off-Broadway, celebrates his birthday June 20. Playbill.com looks back at Brown's career with songs from The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World and more.
As previously reported, Brown's The Bridges of Madison County, a new musical based on the romantic Robert James Waller novel, will arrive on Broadway in January 2014 following a run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and his Honeymoon in Vegas will premiere at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse this September in anticipation of a 2014 arrival on Broadway.
Brown is also the composer of 13 and contributed music to Broadway's Urban Cowboy, for which he was also the production's musical director and conductor.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.