Summer of musical reviews comes to a close

The cast of 'Songs for a New World' rehearses the opening number.
The cast of 'Songs for a New World' rehearses the opening number.
The production of 'Songs for a New World' will incorporate projections.
The production of 'Songs for a New World' will incorporate projections.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - City Stage is wrapping up a unique season of theater performed at the Cameron Art Museum.

First it was the jazzy tunes of The All Night Strut. That was followed by a medley of Kander and Ebb hits called The World Goes 'Round.  Now the final performance of the summer is Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown.

There's no real beginning, middle and end to the musical. It's about one point in time.

"A moment of decision," said performer Brit Garner.

Through a series of 16 seemingly disconnected songs, the performers tell a similar story.

"The idea of what we choose to do as humans when we're put up against a wall stuck in a corner," said Garner. "Everything from fighting to running, crying, screaming. These snapshots of these little moments."

"They're like country songs because they have that story," said director David Loudermilk.

But the music ranges much wider than just country.

"We have pop, hip hop," said Loudermilk. "We have a little bit of gospel. We have contemporary musical theater. We have a musical theater ballad. We have the love songs. It literally ranges the whole spectrum of music."

"You're going to get everything," said Garner. "Really something for everyone. I think it really keeps it not boring, because your ear doesn't know what's coming next and that's awesome."

"It's not your stereotypical musical," said Loudermilk. "It's contemporary, and it's something that a lot of people can really, truly relate to both musically and emotionally."

Songs for a New World

  • Aug. 30-31, Sept. 1, 7-8
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Sept. 2, 9
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Cameron Art Museum

For tickets, call (910) 264-2602 or click here.

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