Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown has announced guests for his upcoming concerts at SubCulture, the Greenwich Village cabaret where he is artist-in-residence and has been hosting a monthly series for the past three years.
He will be joined April 24 by Betsy Wolfe, who starred in the Off-Broadway revival of his musical, The Last Five Years, and who was just announced to replace composer Sara Bareilles June 13 when she completes her stint in the leading role of her own Broadway musical, Waitress. Shoshana Bean (Wicked), will join Brown for the May 19 concert. On June 12, the day after the 2017 Tony Awards, Brown will host his third annual “Post-Tony Extravaganza” concert, with guests to be announced.
Brown said, “Betsy Wolfe is the consummate singer, absolutely flawless technique merged with a sensational sense of character and drama. She was the perfect Cathy for my revival of Last Five Years in 2013, and she’d be perfect for basically anything I’ve ever written (which we plan to demonstrate!).”
He added, “And there’s no one in the world with a better instinct for how to bring my music to life than Shoshana Bean—we’ve been collaborating for almost ten years now, and every concert is another huge and thrilling step forward. She’ll be singing some new songs of mine and I hope to entice her to share some of her own wonderful material with us as well.”
About the post-Tony concert, he said, “I love the idea of recovering from all the Tony Awards madness by just spending one glorious night focusing on nothing but the music. I’ll have lots of wonderful guests, and we’re all going to have a fantastic time celebrating the season just past.”
Also coming up at SubCulture April 17: Sheri Sanders is LEGIT!, a concert by the stage actor whose 2011 book Rock The Audition: How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Musicals just launched an online training platform. Sanders’ concert is not part of Brown’s series.
Tickets for all four concerts can be ordered at Subculturenewyork.com.