NICK ADAMS, ASHLEY BROWN,
JESSICA RUSH AND MICHAEL JAMES SCOTT
TO APPEAR IN
ONE NIGHT ONLY BENEFIT PERFORMANCE OF
JASON ROBERT BROWN’S
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
DIRECTED BY JEFF CALHOUN
Broadway stars Nick Adams, Ashley Brown, Jessica Rush and Michael James Scott will appear in a special one night only benefit production of Jason Robert Brown’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD on Monday, March 11 at 7PM at XL Cabaret (512 West 42nd St). Directed by two-time Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun, a portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to The Performing Arts Project.
Jason Robert Brown’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, is a series of songs, connected by the theme “the moment of decision.” The show employs four performers who do not play the same characters throughout the show, but have consistently developing character arcs. Composer Jason Robert Brown has said of his show, “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.”
The creative team for the performance includes Jeremy Merrifield (Executive Producer), James Sampliner (Musical Direction), and Richard J. Hinds(Associate Director).
Tickets are available online at www.songsthemusical.com.
ABOUT THE PERFORMING ARTS PROJECT
The Performing Arts Project (TPAP) is a not-for-profit organization formed by a group of respected educators and entertainment industry professionals to help prepare the next generation of performers. Their mission is to inspire. A diverse and dedicated faculty uses – and discovers – innovative techniques to teach various methods of investigating the nuances of performance. Above all, the goal is to help students find the courage to be exactly who they are. The Performing Arts Project faculty includes successful actors, authors, casting directors, choreographers, dancers, directors, fight directors, filmmakers, songwriters, musical directors, producers, singers, voice teachers and writers who want to make a difference in lives of young artists. www.performingartsproject.com
NICK ADAMS originated and starred as Adam/Felicia in the Broadway musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Nick was honored with a fellowship by the American Theater Hall of Fame for his “Breakthrough Performance,” received a nomination for the 2011 Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer on Broadway and won two Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards for Favorite Breakthrough Performance and Favorite Diva Performance. Also on Broadway: A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles, and The Pirate Queen. TV and Film credits include: Sex and the City 2, An Englishman in New York, “Smash,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Rosie Live,” “The Kennedy Center Honors” and multiple telecasts of “The Tony Awards.” Concerts: Link Larkin in the 25th Anniversary Hairspray Concert featuring John Waters (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra), Birdland, Erie Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops. Training: BFA Boston Conservatory. Nick has been featured in several national media outlets including the covers of Dance Spirit and Instinct Magazine. Recordings: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, La Cage Aux Folles, The Pirate Queen, Dee Does Broadway. @TheNickAdams www.nickadams.biz
ASHLEY BROWN recently reprised her title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress. Ms. Brown also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour of Mary Poppins where she garnered a 2010 Garland Award for Best Performance in a Musical. Ms. Brown’s other Broadway credits include Belle in The Beauty and The Beast, and she has starred in the national tour of Disney’s On The Record. Ms. Brown recently starred as Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Francesca Zembello’s Showboat at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has performed with many orchestras including the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall, The Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall (three times), Fort Worth Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra (two times), the Indianapolis Symphony (three times), Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, the Philly Pops, and the BBC orchestra opposite Josh Groban. She also recently made her solo concert debut at The Kennedy Center as part of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series and made her cabaret debut to great acclaim at the renowned Feinstein’s at the Regency in New York City. Other projects include a star turn at the La Jolla Playhouse in a production of Limelight, Sound of Music at the St. Louis MUNY which garnered her a 2011 Kevin Kline award, and her own PBS special called “Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible” which received a 2011 PBS Telly Award. Ms. Brown’s long awaited debut album of Broadway and American Songbook standards was recently released nationwide on Ghostlight/Sony. @AshleyBrown9
JESSICA RUSH is currently appearing as Lorraine in the hit Broadway musical, Jersey Boys. She made her New York debut as the stand-by for Louise, opposite the incomparable Patti LuPone in Gypsy. Other Broadway/National tour credits include Guys And Dolls, Mamma Mia and the title role in Cinderella, opposite the legendary, Eartha Kitt. Regionally, she’s had starring roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Miss Saigon, and The Last Five Years and has originated roles at the Geffen Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and The Asolo, where she played Lucie Mannette in the pre-Broadway run of A Tale Of Two Cities. Jessica stars as Jenny in the award-winning web-series, Then We Got Help! and sings and plays kazoo in the Shel Silverstein tribute band, The Freakers Ball. @TheJessicaRush www.JessicaRush.com
MICHAEL JAMES SCOTT is currently a playing Dr. Gotswana, a featured role he created in the new Broadway hit show The Book of Mormon. He recently just shot a guest co-star in the new upcoming TV series “The Carrie Diaries” premiering in the fall. His other Broadway credits include Mamma Mia!, All Shook Up, The Pirate Queen, Tarzan, Hair, and Elf. In London’s West End he was assistant choreographer and cast member for the revival of Hair. Off-Broadway, Mr. Scott was featured in Here’s to Joe opposite Donna McKechnie, and he was part of the concert cast of Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall. He served as the standby for Ben Vereen in the international tour of Fosse and eventually taking over the role for Mr. Vereen. Regionally he has appeared in Aida, Ragtime, South Pacific, and Cinderella, to name a few. For the past four years, Mr. Scott has sung with the critically acclaimed singing group The Broadway Boys. His dance and musical theater training began with the Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, Florida, where he studied with the leg-endary Gwen Verdon, Ben Vereen, Gregory Hines, and Ann Reinking. He has taught numerous master classes around the country in dance and musical theater, and he loves working with young artists. Mr. Scott is a graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre. @FashionistaMJSwww.MichaelJamesScott.com
JASON ROBERT BROWN's (Music/Lyrics) four major musicals as composer and lyricist include 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 Five 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 Theater 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 Best 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. Parade was also the subject of a major revival directed by Rob Ashford, first at London's Donmar Warehouse and then at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Upcoming musical projects include Honeymoon in Vegas, a musical adaptation of the 1992 film, written with Andrew Bergman, and The Bridges of Madison County, a musical adapted with Marsha Norman from the bestselling novel. He is also working with Daisy Prince and Jonathan Marc Sherman on a new chamber musical called The Connector. His orchestral adaptation of E.B. White's novel, The Trumpet of the Swan, premiered at the Kennedy Center with John Lithgow and the National Symphony Orchestra. Jason is the winner of the 2002 Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyrics and the 1996 Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Award for Musical Theatre. As a soloist or with his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, Jason has performed sold-out concerts around the world. His first solo album, “Wearing Someone Else's Clothes,” featuring his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, was named one of Amazon.com's Best of 2005, and is available from Sh-K-Boom Records. His collaboration with singer Lauren Kennedy, “Songs of Jason Robert Brown,” is available on PS Classics. Jason is also the composer of the incidental music for David Lindsay-Abaire's Kimberly Akimbo and Fuddy Meers, Marsha Norman's Last Dance, David Marshall Grant's Current Events, Kenneth Lonergan's The Waverly Gallery, and the Irish Repertory Theater's production of Long Day's Journey Into Night. Jason will be serving as the musical supervisor and arranger for the upcoming musical, Prince of Broadway, a celebration of the career of Harold Prince. Jason studied composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., with Samuel Adler, Christopher Rouse, and Joseph Schwantner.
JEFF CALHOUN (Director) Broadway: Bonnie & Clyde, Grey Gardens, Deaf West’s Big River (2004 Tony Honor, Excellence in Theatre), Brooklyn, Bells Are Ringing (2001 Revival), Annie Get Your Gun (1999 Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease (1994 Tony nomination, Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite!, The Will Rogers Follies. West End/International: Disney’s High School Musical 1 & 2: On Stage!. Regional/national tour: Jekyll & Hyde, (upcoming national tour); Disney’s Newsies (Paper Mill Playhouse); Jane Austen’s Emma: A Musical Romantic Comedy (2011 Craig Noel Award, Outstanding Resident Musical, The Old Globe); Bonnie & Clyde (2009 San Diego Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical, Asolo Rep Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse); Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical (1st National Tour); Deaf West’s Pippin (Mark Taper Forum); Disney’s High School Musical: On Tour! (Disney Theatrical); The Civil War and Shenandoah (Ford’s Theatre). Ford’s Theatre Associate Artist. @TheJeffCalhoun
JAMES SAMPLINER (Music Director / Arrangements) James started as the music director of the prestigious Williamstown Theater Festival’s late night cabaret series, leading to conducting productions of Tonight at 8:30, Where’s Charley? and The Threepenny Opera. Broadway credits include: Never Gonna Dance, BKLYN: The Musical, The Wedding Singer and Legally Blonde (conductor and arranger). Mr. Sampliner supervised the West End production of Legally Blonde in London and the U.S. national tour of Legally Blonde for the last two years. You can hear his work on these cast albums and At The Corner of Broadway and Soul, with Billy Porter. Off-Broadway: Radiant Baby, The Mistress Cycle and Ghetto Superstar. As an arranger/co-writer, he has co-written two new African-American revues: Being Alive (the music of Stephen Sondheim) and The Soul Of Rodgers (the music of Richard Rodgers). He performs regularly with Mr. Porter, Shoshana Bean and other theater icons. Training: Indiana University School of Music. @Samps42