Jason Robert Brown

Oct. 14-15

Cabaret at the Columbia Club

What makes the songs of Jason Robert Brown—including those for the outstanding two-character musical “The Last Five Years” and the problematic teen tuner “13”—hold up to repeat listenings so much better than those of most of his theatrical peers? Brown—as you’ll hear when he comes to the Cabaret this weekend—better than any of those labeled “the next Sondheim,” deftly crafts conversational lyrics that seem to fall with no effort on his sharp, original tunes. It’s no wonder that auditions around the country are filled with singers belting Brown.

For this gig, he’s bringing the dynamic Shoshana Bean, who took over Elphaba in “Wicked” when Idina Menzel moved on. I’ll be there this weekend, hosting post-show Q&As with the composer. Details here.

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