DOMA Theatre Company presents a show-stopping collection of transformational stories by one of musical theater’s brightest composers. Songs For A New World, by multiple award-winning composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown, opens on May 11 at The MET Theatre. Marco Gomez directs, with musical direction by Dolf Ramos and choreography by Angela Todaro. The cast is comprised of four powerhouse singers: Andrea Arvanigian, Malek Hanna, Mookie Johnson and AnnaLisa Erickson.
Songs For A New World was originally conceived as a “theatrical cabaret” to showcase the work of then-unknown Jason Robert Brown, and it put him on the map when it opened at Off-Broadway’s WPA Theater in 1995. Brown went on to win a Tony Award for Best Score for Parade in 1999 and Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics for The Last Five Years in 2001. His songs, including the cabaret standard Stars and the Moon from Songs For A New World, have been performed and recorded by Audra McDonald, Betty Buckley, Karen Akers, Renée Fleming, Philip Quast, Jon Hendricks and many others.
“I wrote these songs when I was struggling in a city that didn’t even notice I was there, when I was a lonely and single college dropout living in a studio apartment in Greenwich Village,” wrote Brown in a 2001 production note. “Songs For A New World is a show that suggests that our best solution for the stress and terror and anxiety we feel is to come together and form a community that will support and uplift each other. So my very personal little piece has turned out to shine a little light on a whole lot of people.”
“Each song will become a stand-alone experience, transporting the audience to a realm where hope is the guiding light,” says Gomez.
DOMA Theatre Company began as a joint venture between Dolf Ramos and Marco Gomez in 2002. In the beginning, DOMA provided a platform for young talent to obtain experience performing in musical theater productions alongside seasoned professionals. As the company grew, it partnered with The Hope & Union Foundation, a California public benefit organization dedicated to the arts and to assisting at-risk youth. Through its partnership with the Foundation, DOMA was able to stage productions including new works (Lovers’ Mayhem, Gallery), revivals (Cabaret, Into The Woods, The Wild Party, Passion, Jaques Brel…), and plays (The Actor’s Nightmare and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All).
Songs For A New World opens 8 pm Friday, May 11, 2012 and performs 8 pm Friday and Saturday and 3 pm Sunday May 11 through June 3. Tickets range from $30 – $34.99; $20 seniors and students with ID. Call 323-465-0693 or go to www.domatheatre.com.
The MET Theatre is located at 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Los Angeles CA 90029. Secure, on-site parking is available for $5.
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