Songs for a New World, a KD Production, is directed by Paula Morelan and Mark Mullino. It is an exploration – through music – of life’s emotions: risk, fear, hope, dreams, love. As author/composer Jason Robert Brown said, “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.” It’s about those life-defining moments we reach and must make those important decisions.
The show’s concept is more about a collection of songs that tell a series of stories, rather than a continual and developing plot running throughout. Each song transports us through our American identity, our community, and our desires. They sweep us away into the moments we stand our ground, break our silence, make a bargain, or find our way home.
Jason Robert Brown’s music is an eclectic mix of gospel, rock, folk, and blues. Brown introduces us to a wide array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. The songs echo life’s moments when we reel from being suddenly jarred. We see the survivors, those that can regroup and figure out how to carry on amid a new set of circumstances, sometimes against seemingly overwhelming odds.
These are the stories and characters of today, the songs for a new world, a world in which the definitions of family, distance, money, technology, the very nature of human contact is changing every day, a world in which the rules don’t apply as often as they do, a world in which the solutions our parents found don’t work for us, and a world in which today’s answers probably won’t apply tomorrow. For someone who has lost his job or lost a spouse, our everyday world becomes just as frightening, just as dangerous, just as uncharted as the New World was to Columbus.
Director Mark Mullino says “These are moments of discovery that cannot be expressed with mere words, they must be sung. It asks the question, in the moment of profound discovery, what do you do?”
Tickets can be purchased here.
- Thursday, November 8th and November 15th at 7:30 PM
- Friday, November 9th and November 16th at 7:30 PM
- Saturday, November 10th and November 17th at 7:30 PM
2600 Stemmons Frwy Suite 117
Dallas, TX 75207