Songs for a New World is a unique revue of songs by composer Jason Robert Brown. Upon his initial arrival in New York, Brown would frequent cabarets with a variety of his songs, and met Daisy Prince, the daughter of legendary Broadway producer/director, Harold Prince. After hitting it off, Brown asked Prince if she could direct a review of his songs. Although she had never directed before, she agreed.
It wasn’t long into the project before it became apparent that Brown’s songs had no through-line; no unifying factor. Somewhere in the process, it became apparent to Brown that the show was 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 all-encompassing theme took hold and the show -- featuring a range of styles from pop to jazz to gospel -- began to take shape.
Following a Toronto workshop, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD premiered Off-Broadway at the WPA Theater on October 11th, 1995. Featuring the vocal talents of Jessica Molaskey, Andrea Bruns, Brooks Ashmanskas, and Billy Porter, the original production ran for only 28 performances. However, following the release of the original cast album, the show became a cult hit.
Songs for a New World was Jason Robert Brown’s first produced show, which gained him the notoriety to mount his other popular shows: The Last Five Years, 13 and Parade.