Elmira Little Theatre Begins Season with Songs For A New World
Amanda Thomas, Jeffrey Mathews, Jess LeBrizzi and Steven Hovis rehearse Songs For A New World
Travel through time with Jason Robert Brown’s musical Songs For A New World. Navigating the world of American history and cultural mythology, Songs For A New World is about exploration and change. While none of the four actors ever play the same character twice, the song cycle takes the audience on a journey to meet well-known historical characters such as Christopher Columbus and Betsey Ross to everyday Americans like the frazzled wife of a millionaire threatening to leap off the edge of her high-rise and a basketball player about to make it big. They all have one thing in common. They are all on the verge of transformation.
Elmira Little Theatre’s 2015-2016 season opens in Mandeville Hall at the Clemens Center with Songs For A New World. Performances will be held on September 25th and 26th and October 2nd and 3rd at 7:30pm, as well as Sunday matinees on September 27th and October 4th at 2pm.
Songs For A New World debuted off-Broadway in 1995 at the WPA Theatre in New York City. With no dialogue, this show hovers somewhere between a traditional musical and song cycle. There isn’t a distinct plot for the audience to follow, rather an over-arching theme of choice and decision. “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back,” said Brown of his musical.
You may have noticed something unusual in your Elmira Little Theatre 2015-16 Season Brochure!
We are once again returning to the Golden Age of Radio, with our presentation of “Mystery, Comedy and Romance during Radio’s Golden Age”. Please note that the dates for these performances are February 26 and 27 at 7:30 pm and February 28 at 2:00pm. The dates that are listed in the brochure are incorrect.
We apologize for the confusion!