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 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.
NOVA Y. PAYTON is a Washington, DC native. Some theatre credits include: Signature Theatre in VA: Silver Belles (Gloria); Jelly's Last Jam (Hunny/Mamie), La Cage aux Folles (Jacqueline); Diner (Party Singer/Stripper); Elmer Gantry (Mary Washington); Crossing (Unknown Woman), Defying Gravity: Making of a SuperNOVA, Dreamgirls (Effie, Helen Hayes nomination), The Best Little Whorehouse... (Jewel), Xanadu(Melpomene/Medusa), Hairspray (Motormouth, Helen Hayes Award). TOUR: 3 Mo’ Divas, Smokey Joe’s Café (BJ). Round House: Caroline, or Change (Caroline); Shakespeare Theatre: Kiss Me, Kate (Hattie); Imagination Stage: A Year with Frog and Toad; Ford's Theatre: Ragtime (Sarah), Freedom's Song (Free Woman), Violet (Ensemble); Olney Theatre: Godspell (Ensemble); Arena Stage: Smokey Joe's Cafe; Kennedy Center: Spring Gala My Fair Lady (Ensemble). REGIONAL: The 5th: Man of La Mancha (Aldonzo), A Night with Janis Joplin (Blues Singer/Blues Woman); Milwaukee Rep: Dreamgirls (Effie); Prince Music Theatre: Dreamgirls (Effie, Barrymore nomination). www.simply-nova.com.
NATASHA YVETTE WILLIAMS is an American actress, singer, and entertainer. Since she began singing at age three in the tiny tot choir at her church, she has performed from the subway to Broadway. She portrayed Aretha Franklin in A Night with Janis Joplin, and has been seen in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple. Ms. Williams has previously performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony orchestras. Her current recording project is How Deep is the Ocean, a collection of standards, and she has released a Gospel project, Songs That Carry Me Through ... Some Old, Some New. Ms. Williams was the first winner of the Kraft Foods New Voice of Gospel contest.
Her Broadway credits include A Night with Janis Joplin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (as Mariah), The Color Purple (Sofia), and Stephen Flaherty’s Dessa Rose at Lincoln Center. Her West End credits include Trevor Nunn’s production of Margaret Martin’s Gone with the Wind (Mammy). She appeared in the national tours of John Farrar and Jeff Lynne’s Xanadu (Melopmene), Greg Morrison and Lisa Lambert’s The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix the Aviatrix), Joe DiPietro’s Elvis musical All Shook Up (Sylvia), Stephen Flaherty’s Seussical the Musical (Sour Kangaroo), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Grace), Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, and Marvin Hamlisch’s The Goodbye Girl (Mrs. Crosby). Regional appearances have included Crowns at Arkansas Repertory Theater and Arena Stage (Velma and Mabel, respectively), Marc Shaiman’s Hairspray (MotorMouth Maybelle) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Papermill Playhouse, and the title role in Mahalia: A Gospel Musical at the Cleveland Playhouse.
ANDREA JONES-SOJOLA Broadway/NYC credits include: Porgy and Bess (Strawberry Woman). Encores!: Brigadoon,The Golden Apple, Cabin in the Sky, Annie Get Your Gun, The Most Happy Fella. Lincoln Center: Parade, Sweeney Todd, Show Boat. Carnegie Hall: Candide (Upcoming), Musical Explorers. NYMF: Newton’s Cradle (NYMF Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role Award). Opera Noire New York, Regional: Three Mo’ Divas, Ragtime. Film/ TV: For Colored Girls (Lionsgate), The Sound of Music Live! (NBC), The Blacklist (NBC), Mozart in The Jungle (Amazon). Instagram @andreajonessojola.
DR. PATRICE E. TURNER is accomplished in the classical, jazz, and gospel traditions as a pianist and a soprano vocalist. For eleven years, she has worked as a teacher of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s (JALC) WeBop! Program for children ages 8 months to 5 years in New York City. She has also been an accompanist, band leader/concert curator, and member of the curriculum development team. This collaboration is between JALC and Professor Custodero. WeBop: A Family Jazz Party, a CD that features Patrice as a vocalist and composer, was released February 28, 2012. Patrice has several other CDs to her credit, which span classical and religious musical styles (Sounds, Shapes and Symbols , 21 Spirituals for the 21st Century , The Rhythm of G!d , and Lead Me, Guide Me, Second Edition: Lectionary Psalms ). Her debut EP, Introducing Patrice E. Turner, was released internationally on January 31, 2015.
*Guests are subject to change