UW to Present Songs for a New World Friday and Saturday

November 3, 2010

The University of Wyoming Musical Theatre Workshop will present "Songs for A New World," Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6, at 7:30 p.m. on the Fine Arts Center Main Stage.

Tickets cost $10 for the public, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students. For tickets and information call (307) 766-6666 or go online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts .

The performance is described as "a gorgeous song cycle" from Jason Robert Brown ("Parade," "The Last Five Years"), one of the rising voices of the American musical theater.

Directed by Patrick Newell, with choreography by Lawrence Jackson, "Songs for a New World" transports the audience through different stories, humorous and moving, of those moments of decision that define life's journey.

Brown takes his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters. These are the stories and characters of today, the songs for a new world.

Following a Toronto workshop, "Songs for A New World" premiered at the WPA Theater in New York City in 1995. After the cast recording was released in 1996, the show began to develop a cult following and is now a favorite among college theater departments. It also premiered at England's Bridewell Theatre in 2001. The breakout song "Stars and the Moon" has been recorded by many of Broadway's most famous divas, including Audra McDonald and Betty Buckley.

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