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An Evening with Jason Robert Brown - London Palladium

Jason Robert Brown

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THREE-time Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown has announced a one-off concert at the London Palladium. It will take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, as part of BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.

An Evening with Jason Robert Brown will feature music from his dazzling musicals including the Tony Award-winning productions of The Bridges of Madison County and Parade, his debut song cycle Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years and Honeymoon in Vegas.

Joined by a host of yet to be announced special guests from London’s West End, the evening will include his most popular songs and introduce new work that has never been heard this side of the Atlantic.

Conducted by Broadway maestro Larry Blank, it’s a chance to catch one of the giants of contemporary musical theatre at the iconic London Palladium with a 60-piece live orchestra.

Jason Robert Brown said: “My general feeling about musicians is ‘the more the merrier’, and particularly so when it’s a group of musicians as versatile, as sensitive, and as spectacularly virtuosic as the members of the BBC Concert Orchestra. I can’t wait to share the music I’ve written with these brilliant musicians, these glorious singers, and the wonderful audience at the Palladium and on the air!”

Jason Robert Brown is a composer, conductor and pianist. His musicals include The Bridge of Madison County (Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, Broadway), Parade (Vivian Beaumont Theater, Broadway), Honeymoon in Vegas (Nederlander Theater, Broadway), 13 (Bernard B Jacobs Theater, Broadway) and The Last Five Years (Chicago and Off-Broadway) which was adapted into a feature film in 2015 starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

He has won three Tony Awards (Best Original Score for Parade and The Bridges of Madison County and Best Orchestrations for The Bridges of Madison County), four Drama Desk Awards (for Outstanding Music for Parade, The Last Five Years and The Bridges of Madison County and Outstanding Lyrics for The Last Five Years), an Outer Critics’ Circle Award (Outstanding New Score for The Bridges of Madison County) and a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award (Best Musical for Parade).

He has previously played sold out London concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, Garrick Theatre, Apollo Theatre and Charing Cross Theatre.

BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night is the world’s longest-running live orchestral music programme on radio, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra and broadcast from locations throughout the UK. BBC Radio 2 is the UK’s most popular radio station, with a weekly audience of 15.36m.

Conductor Larry Blank is a composer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor who has worked in theatre, films, television and concerts. He has been nominated for three Tony Awards, for his orchestrations of Catch Me If You Can, White Christmas, and The Drowsy Chaperone. In 2012, his orchestrations were performed in Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre in London.

Tickets: £20 – £35. To book, visit

Time: 7.30pm.

Also coming to the London Palladium: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I (June 21 to September 8, 2018).