Tony Award Winning Composer, Jason Robert Brown, will celebrate Opening Weekend of the Arizona Premiere of his newest musical “13” with

Valley Youth Theatre at the Herberger Theater Center in January.

(PHOENIX, AZ) Jason Robert Brown has been hailed as "one of Broadway's smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim" (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his "extraordinary, jubilant theater music " (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances. The New York Times refers to Jason as "a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical." Jason is the composer and lyricist of the musical, "The Last Five Years," which was cited as one of Time Magazine's 10 Best of 2001 and won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics. Jason won a 1999 Tony Award for his score to "Parade", a musical which premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre in December 1998, and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best New Musical. 

Valley Youth Theatre is starting the New Year off with a smash as it introduces Arizona to Brown’s new, hip, teenage musical, “13” performing on stage at the Herberger Theater Center, January 29 through February 13, 2010.

Brown will be joining Valley Youth Theatre on January 29 for their opening night performance and reception at the Herberger Theater Center.  On Saturday, January 30th, in addition to giving the cast and crew of “13” a private workshop, he will also offer his considerable musical and theatrical skills to the Valley with a public workshop at Valley Youth Theatre at 3:00pm.  Seven spots are available to aspiring actors, ages 13 and19 to work one-on-one with Jason Robert Brown, and are being offered for $200.  Applicants should contact Valley Youth Theatre at 602-253-8188 x 307 for this unique opportunity. The public can observe these sessions and learn from this Broadway powerhouse.  Tickets are available to the public for $20.

Brown will round out his trip to the Valley by giving a special, one hour concert Sunday, January 31st at 5:00pm at the Herberger Theater Center.  He will be performing selections from his hit musicals, including “The Last Five Years”, “Songs for a New World”, and “Parade.”  Valley Youth is offering a special deal for “13” theatre goers – tickets to the concert are just $20 with purchase of a ticket to “13”.  Tickets are $30 for general seating, and $50 for reserved, premium seats.  Contact the Herberger Theater Center Box Office at 602-252-8497 for concert tickets.

This promises to be an exciting and unique opportunity for not only Valley Youth Theatre, but for musical theatre fans throughout the Valley!

Directed by VYT’s producing artistic director Bobb Cooper, “13” opens Friday, January 29th at the Herberger Theater Center and runs through Saturday, February 13th. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets range from $17 to $33 and are on sale now. (Discounts are available for groups of 20+). For tickets call the Herberger Theater Center Box Office at 602-252-8497.  For more information about Valley Youth Theatre, visit


Named by the Arizona Republic as The Best Place to Become a Future Star, Valley Youth Theatre is a world-class, nationally recognized non-profit organization that targets young people age 7 – 19 for participation in and attendance at quality live theatre productions. VYT’s mission is to inspire young people to be the best that they can be by providing them with lifelong lessons through a wide range of performing arts opportunities. VYT is an award-winning theatre company whose alum include American Idol, Jordin Sparks and Broadway Star, Max Crumm, Film Star, Emma Stone and the Disney Channel’s Chelsea Staub. Valley Youth Theatre is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Partial funding also is provided by the Phoenix Arts Commission through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council. Valley Youth Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American Theatre.  For more information about Valley Youth Theatre, visit


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