Songs for a New World | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Songs for a New World The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 30 2014

Aside from bribery or extortion, it's unclear why anyone would want to stage this musical revue, a compilation of songs by composer Jason Robert Brown which ran Off-Broadway for one week in 1995. Like an emotionally disordered Jabberwock, the material ranges from hollow ballads sounding straight from the reject pile of the Free Willy soundtrack to lighter ditties that riff on—no kidding—Santa Claus's penchant for sex with minors. It's hard to find technical fault with director David Walters's staging for NightBlue, though at times, and understandably, the four-piece quartet pours more energy into Brown's pop-rock grooves than the cast devotes to his nonsensical lyrics. Of particular note: the (uncredited) choreography for "The Steam Train," which is shockingly close to the first thing you'd imagine it to be. —Keith Griffith

Price: $25-$35

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