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‘Songs for a new World’ to open at Schenectady Light Opera

Rehearsing a scene from “Songs from a New World” are, seated, Alexandra Croft and Justin Dawes, and, standing, Jahmere Holland and Courtnie Harrington. (Carlton Media)
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Rehearsing a scene from “Songs from a New World” are, seated, Alexandra Croft and Justin Dawes, and, standing, Jahmere Holland and Courtnie Harrington. (Carlton Media)

American musical theater composer, lyricist and playwright Jason Robert Brown is most closely associated with award-winning productions such as “The Last Five Years,” “Parade” and “The Bridges of Madison County.”

While “Songs for a New World” may be lesser known, it bears the hallmarks of Brown’s works. Schenectady Light Opera Company will present the musical beginning Friday and running through Jan. 30.

“This beautiful show will make you laugh, cry and remember that no matter what you’re going through — you’re going to see the other side,” said director Rose Biggerstaff.

The cast of Songs for a New World is composed of four core vocal performers: Alexandra Croft (woman 1), Courtnie Harrington (woman 2), Justin Dawes (man 1) and Jahmere Holland (man 2). The cast features understudies Regan Zlotnick and Cameron Stevens who, alongside choreographers Emily Fuller and Mani McCalmon, are featured dancers throughout the production.

“Songs for a New World” is performed through the collaborative effort of Music Director Dan Galliher and Producer John Meglino.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Jan. 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 30. The theater is at 427 Franklin St., Schenectady.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $32. For tickets and information, call 518-730-7370 or visit tickets.sloctheater.org.

Written and composed by Brown, the musical opened off-Broadway in 1995. The first regional production was staged in 1998.

‘Broken Glass’ to open

Classic Theater Guild will present Arthur Miller’s “Broken Glass” at Congregation Beth Israel at 2195 Eastern Parkway, Niskayuna, beginning today.
The production is set for 7 p.m. on Jan. 20, 22, 27 and 29 and at 3 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 30. Tickers are $18-$20.

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