Songs for a New World, With 90-Piece Orchestra, To Be Performed at Symphony Space
The cast will include Jessica Molaskey, Andrea Burns, and Brooks Ashmanskas, all of whom appeared in the original 1995 presentation of the piece at the WPA Theatre. Also scheduled to appear are Tony Award winners Michael Cerveris and Michele Pawk; Tony nominees Brian d'Arcy James, Emily Skinner, and John Tartaglia; Michael Arden, Lawrence Clayton, Darius deHaas, Kristine Fraelich, Keith Byron Kirk, Beth Leavel, Anthony Manough, Jennifer Prescott, and Miriam Shor. The concert will be directed by Lisa Leguillou.
According to Brown, "When Gene [Minor] came to me about organizing a benefit for the BYO, I jumped on board for two reasons. First, I wanted to support the work that this orchestra does; when I was in high school, the BYO was a lifeline for me. And secondly, I thought it would be a great opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Songs for a New World."