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Jason Robert Brown
Lauren Kennedy
Jason Robert Brown and Lauren Kennedy

Broadway composer, singer to perform at UTSA

By Kareem El Dahab
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(Nov. 18, 2005)--The UTSA Department of Music Monday Night Artist Series presents a concert by Tony-Award-winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown and Broadway singer Lauren Kennedy at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21 in the Arts Building Recital Hall at the UTSA 1604 Campus.

Broadway composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown has been described as "a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical."

In 2001, he won the Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics for his show, "The Last Five Years," and in 1999 he won a Tony Award for his score to "Parade," which premiered at the Lincoln Center Theater in 1998 and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Critics' Awards for Best New Musical.

Brown's "Songs for a New World," a theatrical song cycle, played off-Broadway in 1995 and has since been performed in more than two hundred productions around the world. Brown's first solo album, "Wearing Someone Else's Clothes," featuring his band, The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, was recently released on Sh-K-Boom Records.

Singer Lauren Kennedy has appeared on Broadway as Fantine in "Les Miserables," Betty Schaefer in "Sunset Boulevard," Daisy Hilton in "Side Show" and Cinderella at the New York City Opera. In London, she performed as Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific" at the Royal National Theatre. She also can be heard on the cast albums of "South Pacific," "Sunset Boulevard," "Side Show" and "Good News, and the Paul Simon album, "Varese Sarabande."

The UTSA performance will include songs from Brown's albums, along with selections from his musicals "Songs for a New World," "Parade," "The Last Five Years" and "Urban Cowboy."

Monday Night Artist Series tickets are $20 and $15 for students, senior citizens and military with ID.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (210) 458-5685.

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