Songs for a New World
Songs for a New World

Songs for a New World NYC Reviews and Tickets

(91 Ratings)
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Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Resonant, Masterful

About the Show

The first musical by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown comes to Encores! Off-Center. A collection of songs examining life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (91)

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60 Reviews | 47 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you enjoy musicals that do not fit the traditional mold. The show creates a new kind of musical sound-- one that should be emulated.

Don't see it if you dislike song cycles or do not enjoy modern scores

167 Reviews | 51 Followers
Great singing, Relevant, Resonant, Must see, Masterful

See it if Well. It’s over so you can’t. But you should have. Mykal Kilgore is the most ridiculous performer I’ve seen in ages. Maybe ever. Wow.

Don't see it if I mean. If you didn’t. It’s too late. But yeah. This song cycle should have a permanent home in the city even though it won’t.

400 Reviews | 50 Followers
Enchanting, Great singing, Resonant, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if One of musical theater's finest song cycles. Wonderful ful production with top notch performances.

Don't see it if See it, if not too late.

55 Reviews | 12 Followers
Great singing, Must see, Exquisite, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy unbelievably fine singing, minimal staging and no definable plot.

Don't see it if You expect a typical full-blown Broadway musical.

132 Reviews | 14 Followers
Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Riveting

See it if you are a fan of Jason Robert Brown's work, and want to see a masterclass in Perfect Musical Theater Performances! This show is INCREDIBLE!

Don't see it if there is literally no reason not to see this's perfection. GO SEE IT! It's only open for a week! It needs to run on Broadway!!!

70 Reviews | 12 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to be entertained. I love City Center everything there is great !!!!

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

467 Reviews | 114 Followers
Unforgettable, Touching, Must see

See it if You enjoy seeing a talented cast take terrific material and make it shine on stage and pierce your heart, with simple but smart direction.

Don't see it if You don’t mind missing an important musical theater event that is intelligent, expertly executed and simply beautiful to watch and hear.

193 Reviews | 31 Followers
Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if Energetic fast paced amzing abundently talented singers & dancers who held attention without a dull moment Great choreography.

Don't see it if You missed Encores usual limited runs. One of Encores best. Don't see Encores expecting full Broadway musical productions.

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
June 28th, 2018

"Flourishing in a glorious Encores! Off-Center iteration, savvily directed by Kate Whoriskey...For all the richness of Mr. Brown’s new orchestrations, and the vitality of a five-person dance ensemble choreographed by Rennie Harris, this staging smartly errs on the side of less is more...Ms. Whoriskey has done some sensible problem-solving with her casting, which is multiracial, and with the dancers, using them partly to open up the show’s worldview."
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AM New York
June 28th, 2018

"At first glance, Jason Robert Brown’s 1995 revue 'Songs for a New World' appears to have no plot or characters. But a closer inspection reveals it to be a complex, thematically-linked work in which each song (written in diverse styles of pop) is a one-act play...The piece is receiving an unexpectedly thrilling concert-style revival...Shoshana Bean, Colin Donnell, Solea Pfeiffer, and Mykal Kilgore provide powerhouse vocals coupled with great acting choices."
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June 28th, 2018

"It's everything someone who was obsessed with the recording could want...The joy of seeing it onstage comes from being able to fully appreciate how certain songs and arcs are connected...It's easy to see why 'Songs for a New World' resonates with so many people. Brown's score is filled with soul-stirring melodies (played here by an excellent nine-piece band), and his lyrics brim with emotion, hope, and soul."
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June 30th, 2018

“Sublime…Music director Tom Murray's nine-piece on-stage orchestra plays Brown's new orchestrations that bring out more of the music's contrasting and blending rock, gospel, chamber and folk textures...The focus, as is should be, is on the characters created by the music and lyrics, performed by a top-shelf quartet of actor/singers. Though each song stands on its own, the recurring theme of opportunities for new beginnings shines brightly…This is a great work of musical theatre."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 28th, 2018

“The show offers a great assortment of songs, ranging in style...All four singers are excellent...Where Bean and Kilgore stand out is in their ability to create actual characters drawn from the lyrics to each of their songs...Terrific nine-person orchestra...An exceptionally fine production, and a rare and highly successful example of a plotless song cycle that manages to be as theatrical as a book musical, filled with unexpected pleasures throughout.”
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New York Stage Review
June 28th, 2018

“A beautiful collection of numbers—including two of the best songs Brown has ever written...Brown could hardly have asked for better performers...But I’m still scratching my head over the inclusion of an ensemble of five dancers, who seem to serve no purpose other than filling the expansive City Center stage...If all the numbers in ‘Song’ share a common theme...You’ll have to search really hard for it...Just appreciate ‘Songs for a New World’ for what it is: an awesome concert.”
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Theater Pizzazz
June 28th, 2018

"Whoriskey's well-conceived production doesn't make any more of a case for these rather unrelated songs being put together in one show than the original production did. But it matters very little given how consistently persuasively and often thrillingly these tunes are being performed by a cast of four excellent vocalists, five amazingly athletic dancers (flawlessly executing Harris' hip-hop-inspired choreography) and a glorious sounding nine-piece orchestra."
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Front Row Center
June 29th, 2018

“The entire evening is tailored and tweaked to show off the talent assembled. And the audience was appreciative in the extreme from the start...Spectacular voices that blended and soared seamlessly. So seamlessly that within a few minutes they started to sound alike...The music begins to sound like it was a soundtrack for a movie. Not that this is a bad thing – it is just on the dull side. The standout performance, to my mind, was Shoshana Bean."
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