Here’s Looking at You, Kids

The Huffington Post | By Josh Getlin

Even under the best of circumstances, creating an original musical is tough sledding. But the writers of children’s musicals face a special artistic challenge: To build an audience, they need to mount a production that will entertain the under-14 set and, hopefully, the parents who brought them to the show.

That ingredient is hard to come by, which is all the more reason to cheer the opening of Samantha Spade, Ace Detective: The Case of the Maltball Falcon at New York City’s Drama Desk Award-Winning Tada! Youth Theater in Manhattan. Read More…

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“Waiting For Wings” Flies at the Pops

Music In Cincinnati | By Mary Ellyn Hutton

“Entitled “Waiting for Wings,” the concert had a featured insect, the butterfly, and a specially commissioned work, “Waiting for Wings,” in its world premiere. Composers Jason Robert Brown and Georgia Stitt, who attended the concert, were inspired by the children’s book of the same name by Lois Ehlert.  Brown and Stitt’s work came across as big and splashy, with lots of cinematic appeal. Scored for large orchestra, it is highly picturesque and makes inventive use of instrumental colors and textures. One could see the newly hatched butterflies coasting across the pages of Ehlert’s book in more ways than one.” Read More…

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Georgia Stitt and Jason Robert Brown Will Debut Orchestral Children’s Piece, Waiting For Wings, In Cincinnati

Playbill | By Michael Gioia

“I’d say it’s lush and energetic with many robust melodies,” Stitt explained to via email. “We knew the audience was going to be made up of kids and their parents, so we wanted to give them musical ideas they could remember. The text of the book is spoken throughout the piece; we have the fantastic Thane Maynard (director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden) narrating, so it lives somewhere in the world of ‘A Lincoln Portrait’ meets ‘Peter And The Wolf.” Read More…

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Jason Robert Brown, Georgia Stitt Premiere New Orchestral Piece in Cincinnati on Saturday

Broadway World | By BWW News Desk

“The Cincinnati Pops’ Lollipops Family Concerts are interactive programs specifically designed for children aged three to ten and their families. This weekend, the program will feature a new orchestral piece from lauded composers Jason Robert Brown and Georgia Stitt.  The piece, which is described as “a vibrant celebration of the season,” is a musical adaptation of Lois Ehlert’s timeless children’s book Waiting for Wings. Thane Maynard narrates and John Morris Russell conducts. Read More…

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Broadway’s Jason Robert Brown teams with Georgia Stitt for Lollipops Concert Commission | By Jackie Demaline

“Honestly, the biggest appeal was having an outlet to write orchestral music for an audience of children and their parents.  Jason and I have two daughters, ages seven and three.  The task, as we interpreted it, was to write a 12- to 14-minute piece of music that would keep our own kids interested.  We buried into the score a few little melodies that we wrote for them when they were babies, so in a way, our own little caterpillars are blossoming into butterflies, too.” Read More…

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Kelli O’Hara and Ron Raines to Salute Past Presidents on American Spirit Album | By Marc Snetiker

“The CD’s centerpiece, Sing Out, Mr. President, is a song cycle of 16 new compositions set to quotations from American presidents. The songs will be written by a number of American composers including Jason Robert Brown, Larry Hochman, Andrew Lippa, Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Robert Beaser, Thomas Cabaniss, Jake Heggie, Michael Gilbertson, Paul Moravec, Georgia Stitt, Jesse Wiener, Nico Muhly, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum and Zachary Wadsworth. The cycle was originally performed at the Library of Congress and broadcast on National Public Radio.” Read More…

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