Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown

Playwright, Composer, Lyricist


Jason Robert Brown is an American musical theater composer, playwright, and lyricist. He was born in New York City in 1970 and spent his college years at the Eastman School of Music, Rochdale, NY. Although he had ambitions to be in a rock band and imitate his hero, Billy Joel, watching Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sunday in the Park with George convinced him to follow the musical theater path.

Beginning his career as a pianist and arranger in New York City, he soon met Daisy Prince, working with her on the off-Broadway revue, Songs for a New World. Through her, Brown met Daisy’s father, Hal Prince, and he was hired to write the songs for Parade (1999) for which he won the Tony Award for Best Original Score.

Brown went on to work with Daisy Prince again on The Last Five Years, which was made into a 2015 film, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. His most recent musical, The Bridges of Madison County premiered on Broadway in February 2014 for a four-month run, winning the Tony Award for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations.

Shows by Jason Robert Brown


Evan Goldman is about to turn thirteen, and he can’t wait. His life seems full of possibilities -- that is, until his parents get divorced, and he is forced to move with his mom from big-city New York to podunk Appleton, Ind... read more

Francesca is a dedicated, Iowan housewife, living a simple, yet dispassionate, life. Everything changes when her family goes on a trip to the State Fair in Indianapolis, leaving Francesca behind to take care of the house. Fra... read more

Drama Desk award-winner The Last Five Years is Jason Robert Brown’s intimate window into a couple’s doomed marriage. Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a budding novelist on the brink of wild success, are 20-somethings... read more

Parade tells the heart-wrenching, true story of Leo Frank: a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man living in Atlanta who was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of his thirteen-year-old employee, Mary Phagan, in 1913. Because Fr... read more

Songs for a New World is, according to composer Jason Robert Brown, “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.”With a rousing score that blends ele... read more


Show Categories
Comedy, Romance, Drama, Historical/Biographical