Stars and the Moon: Top Ten Songs By Jason Robert Brown

By Ben Rimalower
10 May 2014

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1. "Stars and the Moon" from Songs for a New World

This favorite from Songs for a New World so quickly became a cabaret, concert and piano bar staple that people may lose sight of its particular power and the first time they heard it. I will never forget walking quickly through the snow listening to Audra McDonald's recording on her debut album, "Way Back To Paradise." I was sold just from the vamp alone, before she even began singing the engaging lyrics. It's no wonder so many singers have been drawn to Brown's work since then.

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues, currently on tour to Miami Beach, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Read's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)