In Good Company:
How the Musicals of Stephen Sondheim Built on the Legacy of Oscar Hammerstein II
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Greg Brown, lecturer
With his groundbreaking 1970 concept musical, Company, Stephen Sondheim forever changed the attitudes and forms of American musical theater. Delve into how this and his other signature works from the 1970s and 1980s enriched the fabric of musical theater history by building on lessons learned from Sondheim’s own mentor, the great lyricist and playwright Oscar Hammerstein II.
This presentation is part of Greg Brown's Broadway Stories series.
Greg Brown is an in-demand music director, arranger, orchestrator, vocal coach and concert and collaborative pianist, as well as a teaching artist and professor. As music director and musician, his work in musical theater includes The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway, Chicago), Monty Python's Spamalot (first national tour), The Boy Friend directed by Julie Andrews (international tour), Manhattan Theatre Club, The Atlantic Theater, Theatreworks USA, New York Musical Theatre Festival, National Alliance For Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals, North Shore Music Theater, Two River Theater, CAP 21, Weston Playhouse, The Music Theatre Company, The Adrienne Arsht Center, Capitol Repertory Theater and Goodspeed Musicals, among others. He has played more than 40 touring Broadway productions, including Wicked, Evita, Kinky Boots, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Something Rotten! and many others.
Brown served on faculty of the theatre arts department at the University of Miami for 11 years, helping to shepherd in new and developing works along with creating curriculum in musical theater history, performance and applied music theory. He maintains a busy vocal studio in Miami and has acted as vocal coach for the Miami City Ballet's West Side Story Suite. His arrangement and concert work includes recent collaborations with Lea Salonga, Tommy Tune, Stephen Schwartz and Il Divo. He is currently lead, talent casting for Royal Caribbean Productions, where he helps to cast more than 135 productions.