A concert series curated by the renowned Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, conductor, and director, Jason Robert Brown. Each unique performance will incorporate an eclectic mix of material, featuring music from throughout his acclaimed career, along with new works in development.
Special guests in past performances from this series have included Kelli O’Hara, Steve Pasquale, Norbert Leo Butz, Tom Kitt, Tony Danza, Laura Benanti, Cynthia Erivo, Tituss Burgess, Lena Hall, Ana Gasteyer, LaChanze, Shaina Taub, Megan Hilty, Eden Espinosa, Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess, Mykal Kilgore, Betsy Wolfe, Shoshana Bean, Philippa Soo, Justin Guarini, Stephen Schwartz, Sutton Foster and more!*
JASON ROBERT BROWN is the three-time Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist of Songs for a New World (1995), Parade (1998), The Last Five Years (2002), 13 (2008), The Bridges of Madison County (2013) and Honeymoon In Vegas (2014). His shows are regularly performed on stages across the world, and his songs are regularly heard on television, film and recordings. Jason has recorded several albums, featuring his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, and is much in demand as a pianist, singer and conductor. He lives in New York City with his wife, Georgia Stitt, and his two daughters. Visit him on the web at www.jasonrobertbrown.com.
SIERRA BOGGESS is an Olivier nominated actress, best known world-wide not only for re-inventing the coveted role of ‘Christine Daae’ in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, but for Lord Webber himself going on record to say that “she’s the best, the best Christine certainly.” Boggess portrayed the role in the Broadway, West End, and the televised 25th Anniversary concert productions of Phantom.
Sierra made her Broadway debut as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, receiving Drama Desk and Drama League Nominations, as well as the Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance. Her additional Broadway credits include Master Class, It Shoulda Been You, The Phantom of The Opera, and School of Rock. Boggess’ Off-Broadway credits include Love, Loss, and What I Wore and Music in the Air, alongside Kristin Chenoweth, for New York City Center’s Encores! Series. In the West End, Boggess has appeared as Fantine in Les Miserables and originated the role of Christine Daae in Love Never Dies, the critically acclaimed sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, receiving an Olivier Award Nomination for her performance.
Sierra's concert appearances include multiple engagements with BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series The Lyrics of David Zippel, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Broadway By The Year at Town Hall, Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall opposite Patrick Wilson, Megan Mullally and Nathan Lane, and The Secret Garden at Lincoln Center. She has toured with her cellist sister, Summer Boggess and musical director, Brian Hertz all over the United States as well as Japan and Australia with her concert show which has been preserved live and released on CD, Awakening: Live at 54 Below.
Her recordings include School Of Rock, It Shoulda Been You, the 25th-anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera (also on DVD), the symphonic recording of Love Never Dies, The Little Mermaid, Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess, Rodgers & Hammerstein: A Night at the Movies with the John Wilson Orchestra, Where The Sky Ends: The songs of Michael Mott, A New York City Christmas: A benefit album for ASTEP and more.
TY (TYRONE) TAYLOR began singing at age five at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey. His Cherub Choir solo in This Little Light Of Mine became an internal anthem of how he has navigated his life ever since. Ty's choir director and elementary school teachers encouraged him to start his professional career, leading to roles in multiple national commercials, voice-overs and a handful of Broadway shows before he reached adulthood. Then, at what many might consider the height of a performer's evolution, he wrapped up his Broadway run with Jason Robert Brown's Songs For A New World (Original Cast Recording) and left New York for Hollywood.
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon, Ty pursued additional ambitions. Enter Elektra recording artists Dakota Moon for his first recording contract. They hit the road with the likes of Tina Turner, Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, and early Destiny's Child. It was in this acoustic, soul-rock, chart-topping band that Ty launched into songwriting. This led to the next band, Ghost Hounds, a bluesy rock outfit produced by Nile Rodgers. These two group showcases propelled Ty to winning a spot as a contestant on producer Mark Burnett's CBS Television series Rockstar:INXS, where he would be one of the last men standing.
Ty continued to find opportunities to express his talent in impressive and unexpected ways. His Rockstardom took him next in Las Vegas to wow crowds nightly in We Will Rock You, a musical by legendary supergroup Queen. Upon returning to California, Hollywood audiences got to catch him as The Leading Player in The Mark Taper Forum/Deaf West Theatre production of Pippin.
Ty's abilities also captured the attention of Martin Scorsese. Subsequently, he gave voice to The Blues, as Lester in Scorsese’s HBO original series Vinyl. He has several singles on the Grammy-nominated album Vinyl: Music From the HBO Series -Volume 1. He also crooned three love songs on Disney's Happily Ever After album, and his chops are ferociously animated in the Dr. Seuss film, The Lorax.
All this and more led him to his current and most recognized post as lead singer of the critically acclaimed soulful blues-rock band Vintage Trouble. Four albums in, these guys have toured across 30 countries and played over 3,000 shows. They've shared the stage with rock leviathans such as The Who, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, Booker T. Jones, Willie Nelson, and AC/DC. VT has been celebrated by media giants including Billboard, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR, and has played a host of televised performances—Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, Conan, The Late Show, Jools Holland, The Tonight Show, Austin City Limits, The View, and more—bringing Ty into living rooms all around the world. Vintage Trouble continues to be a national and international hit-maker, known for its authentic swagger and electrifying live shows.
His newest musical endeavor, Ty Taylor's Nouveau Mid-Century Romance Songbook, is a collection of songs he penned in the fashion of mid-century radio jazz tunes. These compositions hold to the beauty of the past, while ushering our complex American history to the present. Timeless and relevant, it's simply his latest melodic example of how that “little light” just keeps on shining.
*Guests are subject to change