Jason Robert Brown is the ultimate multi-hyphenate—an equally skilled composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, director, and performer, who is best known for his dazzling scores to several of the most renowned musicals of his generation. He is the winner of three Tony awards, garnering prizes in 2014 for Best Score and Best Orchestration for The Bridges of Madison County, a musical adapted with Marsha Norman from the bestselling novel; and the seminal Parade, for which he won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Score. His major musicals as composer and lyricist include 13, which opened on Broadway in 2008; The Last Five Years, which won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics; the 2015 Broadway production of Honeymoon in Vegas, based on Andrew Bergman’s film; and Songs for a New World, a theatrical song cycle, which has been seen in hundreds of productions around the world. His orchestral adaptation of E. B. White’s novel The Trumpet of the Swan premiered at the Kennedy Center with John Lithgow and the National Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist or with his band the Caucasian Rhythm Kings, Brown has performed concerts around the world. For the past four years his monthly sold-out performances at New York’s SubCulture have featured many of the music and theater world’s most extraordinary performers. He has also contributed music to the hit Nickelodeon television series The Wonder Pets, as well as to Sesame Street.
Additionally, Brown served as the orchestrator and arranger of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams’s score for a proposed musical of Star Wars. He has conducted and created arrangements and orchestrations for Liza Minnelli, John Pizzarelli, and Michael Feinstein, among many others.
Future projects include a new chamber musical created with Daisy Prince and Jonathan Marc Sherman called The Connector; an adaptation of Lilian Lee’s Farewell My Concubine, created with Kenneth Lin and Moisés Kaufman; and a collaboration with Billy Crystal, Amanda Green, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel on a musical of Mr. Saturday Night.
The Philadelphia Inquirer has hailed Brown as “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim.” The New York Times has praised him as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.” Brown studied composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, with Samuel Adler, Christopher Rouse, and Joseph Schwantner. He lives with his wife, composer Georgia Stitt, and their daughters in New York City. Brown is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802.
The appearance of Jason Robert Brown is made possible by a generous gift from Pinnacle Financial Partners.
Broadway, film, and television star Aaron Lazar will host a one-hour special program exclusively for the Tennessee Arts Academy on Wednesday, July 15. An Evening with Aaron Lazar and Friends: Honoring America’s Arts Teachers will feature Lazar in conversation with seventeen-time Grammy Award-winner Sting, Wicked sensation Eden Espinosa, TV and Broadway superstar Neil Patrick Harris, and Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera Norm Lewis. The guests will share their stories and talent while paying tribute to the teachers and mentors in their lives who inspired them on their paths to their illustrious careers.
An Evening with Aaron Lazar and Friends: Honoring America’s Arts Teachers is an exclusive event for the 2020 Tennessee Arts Academy participants and the TAA Foundation Board of Directors. This very special evening is generously sponsored by Pat and Thane Smith.
Since his 2005 critically acclaimed performance as Fabrizio Nacarelli in the Tony award-winning hit The Light in the Piazza, Aaron Lazar has established himself as Broadway’s most versatile leading man. His eleven Broadway production appearances include playing opposite seventeen-time Grammy Award-winner Sting in the latter’s epic musical The Last Ship; originating roles in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury; the world premiere of Impressionism with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen; and the world premiere of A Tale of Two Cities. Lazar appeared in Sir Trevor Nunn’s revival of Oklahoma; starred in the first Broadway revival of Les Miserables; performed the role of Sam in the global phenomenon Mamma Mia; and made his debut in the longest running show in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera. Most recently, Lazar starred in the first national tour of Dear Evan Hansen as Larry Murphy.
Lazar’s film credits include The Wolf of Wall Street (opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie); This is Where I Leave You (as Tina Fey’s workaholic husband Barry); J. Edgar (as Prosecutor Wilentz); and the recent blockbusters Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: End Game. On television, Lazar has appeared in more than a dozen shows for the major networks including Quantico, The Strain, Disney’s Girl Meets World, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, The Following, New Amsterdam, All My Children, and many others. This fall, he stars opposite Kim Cattrall in the new one-hour gothic-soap Filthy Rich.
Lazar’s symphony credits include Billy Bigelow in Carousel with the Boston Pops, Lt. Cable in South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl, Paul in Company (live with the New York Philharmonic), and multiple appearances with both the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Other notable appearances include the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at Masada and the English National Opera Orchestra at the Coliseum in London’s West End. Lazar’s voice can be heard on numerous Broadway cast albums and dozens of television commercials. He is an honorary board member of the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation, as well as an alumnus of Duke University and the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Lazar is the proud father of two boys—Julian and Adrian.
An Evening with Aaron Lazar and Friends: Honoring America's Arts Teachers is made possible by a generous gift from Pat and Thane Smith.