Jason Robert Brown is a three-time Tony Award winning composer, lyricist, and orchestrator who has created one magical musical theatre hit after another. The New York Times even deemed him “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.”
So for your convenience, here’s a full list of all of the legendary Jason Robert Brown➝ musicals, sorted chronologically.
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Jason Robert Brown Musicals
Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Song Cycle (1995)
Songs for a New World was Jason Robert Brown’s first major produced show. The show is more of an abstract musical – a theatrical song cycle revolving around a central theme of “the moment of decision”.
Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Book: Alfred Uhry
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1998)
This collaboration with Alfred Uhry premiered on Broadway in 1998. The show won JRB a Tony for “Best Original Score” and Uhry a Tony for “Best Book of a Musical”
Music/Lyrics/Book: Jason Robert Brown
Musical Type: Contemporary (2001)
Although it didn’t start out on Broadway, The Last Five Years was a huge success for Jason Robert Brown. It immediately earned him Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics. And that was followed by countless revivals around the world, which continue to this date.
Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown, Jeff Blumenkrantz Book: Aaron Latham, Phillip Oesterman
Musical Type: Contemporary (2003)
Unfortunately, Urban Cowboy did not receive the same level of success as his previous musicals. Closing after just 60 performances, it was considered by many to be a “flop”.
Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Book: Dan Elish, Robert Horn
Musical Type: Contemporary (2007)
13 is a special show because the cast is made up entirely of teenagers! It has faced enormously growing success over the years, with tons of youth theatre revivals, a Broadway run, and a motion picture adaptation.
Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Book: Marsha Norman
Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)
Based on the 1992 bestselling novel, The Bridges of Madison County was another Broadway musical success. The show earned Jason Robert Brown a Tony for “Best Original Score” and “Best Orchestrations”.
Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Book: Andrew Bergman
Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)
Based on Andrew Bergman’s film, Honeymoon in Vegas is a romantic comedy about an elopement in Las Vegas that doesn’t quite go as planned. It received relatively good reviews on Broadway.
Music: Jason Robert Brown Lyrics: Amanda Green Book: Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Musical Type: Contemporary (2021)
Mr. Saturday Night had its start at Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts and moved to Broadway in 2022. The show received positive reviews and earned JRB a nomination for Best Score.
Additional Work by JRB
2005: Chanukah Suite➝ (Chorale Composition)
2005: Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes➝ (Solo Album)
2014: Prince of Broadway (Arranger, Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator)
2016: “Jason’s Song (Gave It Away)”➝ (Ariana Grande Song)
2018: How We React and How We Recover➝ (Solo Album)
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Author: Stacy Karyn
Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.