Multi-award winning composer Jason Robert Brown makes West End first concert

Following sell-out concerts in New York, Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown will make his West End concert debut for two nights only on Friday 24 September and Saturday 25 September at the Garrick Theatre, joined for the first time outside of the US by Anika Noni Rose, the Tony Award-winning star of Caroline, or Change, the motion picture Dreamgirls, and the voice of the Princess in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, who makes her West End and UK debut alongside him.

The pianist, singer, and critically acclaimed composer will be performing brand new, previously unheard material, as well as a selection of songs from his shows Songs for a New World, Parade, The Last 5 Years and 13. Jason will be accompanied by his own band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, as well as a fabulous four-strong French horn section.

Jason Robert Brown is best known for spearheading the new generation of contemporary American musical theatre composers. His four major musicals as composer and lyricist are: 13, a musical written with Robert Horn and Dan Elish, which began its life in Los Angeles in 2007 and opened on Broadway in 2008; The Last 5 Years, which was cited as one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best of 2001 and won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics; Parade, a musical written with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre in 1998, and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Musical, as well as garnering Jason the Tony Award for Original Score; and Songs for a New World, a theatrical song cycle directed by Daisy Prince, which played Off Broadway in 1995, and has since been seen in hundreds of productions around the world.

Anika Noni Rose won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, a Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress for her role as Tonya Pinkins’ daughter Caroline, in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Caroline, Or Change. In 2006, Anika starred as Lorrell Robinson alongside Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy in the groundbreaking movie Dreamgirls and most recently became Disney’s first African American Princess when she voiced the pivotal central character of Tiana in major motion picture, The Princess and the Frog.

Produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment, Jason Robert Brown has lighting design by Mike Henderson and sound design by James Tebb.

Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2

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