Wednesday, February 29, 2012


By Jason Robert Brown

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 8:00 PM
Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church, 471 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, at the corner of Eagle Rock Avenue.
TICKETS: $20 with senior and student discounts available at $18. Group rates are also available. For more information, please visit the WEBSITE. For tickets, please CLICK HERE or call 212.868.4444.
Tickets purchased at the door are available ONLY via cash or check. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Following both performances, the company will host a wine and cheese reception to thank the performers, donors and audiences for being a part of the new company.

Songs For A New World is a collection of music by composer Jason Robert Brown featuring a variety of musical genres including pop, jazz, gospel and classical. This powerhouse cast, supported by an exquisitely crafted score, takes us on a journey of hope, fear, dreams and a vivid expression of the human heart. Songs For a New World is about those moments in life when everything seems perfect and then suddenly disaster strikes, in the form of the loss of a job, an unexpected pregnancy, the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage or imprisonment. But it’s even more about surviving those moments. It's about the way we regroup and figure out how to survive in a new set of circumstances—a new world.

Company PhotoPleasant Valley Productions was formed earlier this year by long-time friends and colleagues, Camille DiLorenzo, Ilene Greenbaum, and Howie Tilkin. The company’s mission is to create a professional theatre experience for local area performers, audience members, students and volunteers while providing a broad range of musical theatre works with the highest possible production value. DiLorenzo, Greenbaum, and Tilkin have been working together creating exciting and award-winning theatre for over ten years. The collaborators each bring their own skills to the new company. DiLorenzo boasts a 25 year theatrical career as director, producer, stage manager, performer, and arts education professional. Greenbaum has worked as music director and conductor for countless companies in New Jersey and New York for over 30 years. Tilkin, a recent graduate of NYU, currently serves as a Broadway and off-Broadway stage manager and production assistant.

(Above: cast members Jonathan Wentz, Mitchell Olson, Todd Shumpert, Christina Ryan, Lyle Dungee, Melissa Loderstedt Timpson, Uton Onyejekwe, Danielle Meola Valencia, and Cindy Jung)