Done badly Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle can seem a mite mawkish, but done with restraint it can deliver an almost painfully Chekhovian sense of regret. Through a series of seemingly unconnected but cunningly entwined songs, we follow the four protagonists through a period of change as new lives start and old lives and loves are left behind. With a terrific cast on board—David Hunter, Rachel Tucker, Cedric Neal and Shem Omari James—there is reason to be optimistic about these two socially distanced live performances that will mark the return of musical theatre to the West End next Sunday.
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. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. Starring David Hunter (Waitress), Rachel John (Hamilton), Cedric Neal (Motown The Musical) and Rachel Tucker (Come From Away), this is the first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Bridges of Madison County). This moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make. Songs For A New World transports audiences through time and space to meet a startling array of characters – every one of them so different, but all representing our world today and our hopes for a new world… a better world. Directed by the brilliant Séimí Campbell (My Son Pinocchio – Southwark Playhouse), with music direction by Adam Hoskins (Doctor Zhivago), this beautiful song cycle will be brought to life at The London Palladium for one day only.