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Yes, there are times the music stops

May 18, 2008|Liesl Bradner
  • CANDID CONVERSATION: "The Broadway community was not a particularly interesting or supportive or fun community to be a part of," says Jason Robert Brown, who is teaching music at USC.
CANDID CONVERSATION: "The Broadway community was not a particularly… (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles…)

Jason ROBERT BROWN'S music can been heard all over the place, whether in one of the many productions of his musicals such as "Parade," "The Last Five Years" and "13" (which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum last year) or in his own incendiary live performances. Even toddlers can sample some of his compositions weekday mornings on Nick Jr.'s "Wonder Pets!"

His songs, including the cabaret standard "Stars and the Moon," have been performed and recorded by Audra McDonald, Betty Buckley, Karen Akers and Renee Fleming.

Up next for this conductor, composer, pianist and vocalist is a musical adaptation of the 1992 film "Honeymoon in Vegas." You can catch him today at 2 p.m. with his band, the Caucasian Rhythm Kings, at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre as part of the Festival of New American Musicals continuing through June.

Although deeply immersed in culture on a daily basis, the resident of L.A. and Italy, 37, enjoys quiet and family time; otherwise, he does have some pop culture favorites that he shared with Liesl Bradner.

IN HEAVY ROTATION ON HIS IPOD: Paul McCartney's "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard." I put off listening to it thinking it was just another comeback album, but I actually enjoy it. And Aretha Franklin, "Lady Soul."

TV PICKS: Last time I watched TV everything was on strike.

IN YOUR NETFLIX QUEUE: "Ratatouille" and "The Backyardigans." Everything is centered around my daughter.

SOUNDTRACK FOR THE COMMUTE: I tend to have so much music going on in my head I don't like to crowd it with more sound.

ON THE BEDSTAND: I'm getting into "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" by Michael Chabon. It's on my nightstand staring at me and making me feel guilty for not reading it.

TOP INTERNET DESTINATION: Like everyone else I'm a Facebook fanatic.

YOUTUBE PICKS: There's this Bollywood movie, "Crazy Indian Music Video," with subtitles that say what they believe the video sounds like in English. It's awesome.

GUILTY PLEASURE: To be able to shut off all the culture and spend time with my 2 1/2 -year-old daughter. That's my real pleasure -- getting away from it all.

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