Songs for a New World

Songs for a New World

Songs for a New World

Video On Demand

2020/21 Season Act I

Tickets: $15 – $100

Streaming December 12 through December 31, 2020

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Songs for a New World

By Jason Robert Brown

Directed by Bill English

Music direction by Dave Dobrusky

Starring John Paul Gonzalez, Cate Hayman, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., and Katrina Lauren McGraw.


It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.


Dave Dobrusky is proud to have been associated with the Playhouse for thirteen years with credits including Groundhog Day the Musical, A Christmas Story, La Cage aux Folles, Company, Into the Woods, My Fair Lady, and Putting It Together, plus San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards for Sunday in the Park with George and Man of La Mancha. Dave is also the resident music director at 42nd Street Moon where he has played, conducted, arranged, and orchestrated dozens of uncommon musicals since 1996 including 110 in the Shade, Dames at Sea, Me and My Girl, Ain’t Misbehavin’, No, No, Nanette, New Girl in Town, the world premiere of Scrooge in Love!, Most Happy Fella, The Boys from Syracuse, Nick & Nora, The Boy Friend, Do I Hear a Waltz?, Three Sisters, Paint Your Wagon (SFBATCC award) and the cast recordings of The Cabaret Girl by Jerome Kern and Leave It to Me! by Cole Porter. Other Bay Area credits include work with Theatre Rhinoceros, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Center REPertory Company, New Conservatory Theatre Center, and In This House (SFBATCC award) at Playhouse West. Dave is from Albuquerque and was educated at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Cate Hayman, a Bay Area Local, recently made her San Francisco Playhouse debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret! She recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. Recent past roles include: Fräulein Kost in Cabaret, The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Charity in Sweet Charity. She’d like to extend a special thanks to her family, her teachers both past and present, and Suzanne. She hopes your experience watching the show is… perfectly marvelous!

Katrina Lauren McGraw is a San Francisco native who graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Some past credits include Ms. Myers and Alexandra Daniels in Freaky Friday (Center REPertory Company), Bird Woman/Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Ms. Shields in A Christmas Story, The Musical and She Loves Me (San Francisco Playhouse), Armelia in Ain’t Misbehavin’ (42nd Street Moon), Sour Kangaroo in Seussical and Dionne in Hair (Bay Area Musicals), BJ in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Town Hall Theatre Company), Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (Ray of Light Theatre), Kate in Zanna, Don’t (New Conservatory Theatre Center), a Dynamite in Hairspray (Woodminster Summer Musicals and PCPA Theaterfest), Motormouth Mabel in Hairspray (Allenberry Playhouse), Abuela Claudia in In the Heights (Cohos Music Hall), and Trixy and a Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show (Merchants Hall and American Conservatory Theater’s Strand Theater).

Rodney Early Jackson, Jr. made his Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon after graduating with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. He was recently seen traveling North America in the 1st national tour of Motown: The Musical. An SF native who was discovered in his public elementary school at age 9 by SFartsEd (Emily Keeler & Danny Duncan), Rodney continued his theatre and performance education at Rec and Park’s Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company (Diane Price, Anne Marie Bookwalter, & Nicola Bosco-Alvarez) and graduated from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts’ theatre department (Phillip Rayher). He was last seen at the Playhouse as Kodaly in She Loves Me. @RodneyEJacksonJ

John Paul Gonzalez is all smiles to be back at the Playhouse. Previous San Francisco Playhouse credits include: Cabaret, La Cage Aux Folles, City of Angels, Company, Into the Woods and Camelot. Other Bay area companies include: D’Arcy Drollinger Productions, Pocket Opera, OMG Productions, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Shotgun Players, Berkeley Playhouse. A Graduate of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) and proudly represented by Cast Images Talent Agency.

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