Downtown NYC’s SubCulture performing arts venue will be hosting Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s Artist-in-Residency concert virtually this month.
From the comfort of their homes, Brown will welcome his longtime band for a special performance, plus guest appearances by Ariana Grande and Shoshana Bean. Grande made her Broadway debut in Brown’s 2008 musical 13.
“What I have missed and mourned the most over these last extraordinary weeks has been my ability to connect with music – to play and sing with other musicians, and to feel the audience responding,” Brown said in a statement. “Every month for the past five years, I’ve been able to do just that at SubCulture, working with the best musicians and singers I know to make music together for a smart, involved and joyful audience in a place that’s come to feel like a second home.”
“Sitting here watching the news go by, I had to do something, I had to figure out some way to let these notes and words in my head come out and be shared with my collaborators and my audience, and so, here we are,” he continued. “All of us in our homes, making music however and whenever we can, with an amazing team to help pull it all together, and two of the greatest singers on the planet Earth: the patron saint of the SubCulture Residency, Shoshana Bean, and Grammy-winner, icon and total theater nerd Ariana Grande. We’ve put together a show about what we’ve lost, what we’ve discovered and what we’re grateful for, and I can’t wait to share it with you.”
Though the concert is free, fans are encouraged to donate money to assist the SubCulture staff and musicians amid the COVID-19 crisis. The concert will be available on Monday (April 27) at 8 p.m. EST via SubCulture’s Facebook Page and Vimeo Live Stream.