Songs For A New World

DOMA Theatre Company continues its 2012 musical season with a show-stopping collection of transformational stories by one of musical theater’s brightest composers. Songs For A New World was originally conceived as a “theatrical cabaret” to showcase the work of then-unknown Jason Robert Brown (13, Parade), and it put him on the map when it opened at Off-Broadway’s WPA Theater in 1995. Brown went on to win a Tony Award for Best Score for Parade in 1999 and Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics for The Last Five Years in 2001. Soaring melodies and irresistible rhythms mark this collection of story-songs. Sixteen driving, exquisitely crafted songs tell sixteen unique stories peopled by characters of today – “songs for a new world.”

“I wrote these songs when I was struggling in a city that didn’t even notice I was there, when I was a lonely and single college dropout living in a studio apartment in Greenwich Village,” wrote Brown in a 2001 production note. “Songs For A New World is a show that suggests that our best solution for the stress and terror and anxiety we feel is to come together and form a community that will support and uplift each other. So my very personal little piece has turned out to shine a little light on a whole lot of people.”

Songs For A New World runs May 11-June 3; DOMA Theatre Co. @ The MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029; $30-$34.99; 323-465-0693; www.domatheatre.com

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