Opening May 11, 2012, the Doma Theatre Company presented its second musical for the 2012 season. Songs For A New World, directed by Marco Gomez with musical direction by Dolf Ramos, is a collection of transformational story-songs from Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown.
The stars of the show were all wonderfully talented - Andrea Arvanigian, AnnaLisa Erickson, Malek Hana and Mookie Johnson. While they all sang with energy and professionalism, I especially liked AnnaLisa whose performance reminded me somewhat of Bette Midler. I loved her two songs "Stars and the Moon," and "Surababya-Santa." Also among the favorites were "King of the World" and "Transition 2" sung by Mookie.
Jason Robert Brown originally conceived these songs as a "theatrical cabaret" and most were written while he struggled alone in the city that didn't seem to notice him.
Songs For A New World is a show that suggests that our best solution for the stress, terror and anxiety we feel is to come to together as a community that will uplift and support people. Brown's own personal piece has come to shine a light on a whole lot of people. Each song is a stand alone experience that transports the audience to a realm of hope and guiding light.
Lighting was expertly done by Cullen Pinney as was costume and set design (Brandy A Jacobs) and sound (Joseph Montiel.) Choreographer Angela Todaro coordinating the dancing to a perfection, while stage manager Stacy Cortez and Danielle DeMasters (production manager) handled things back stage.
We can't forget the band members, -Chris Raymond (conductor and piano), Ng Yuhong (piano), Antonio Rodrigo (bass), Anjilla Rene Piazza (drums) and Martin Diller (percussionist) --either. Without them, the songs would have lost much of their charm. Technical director, Jason Henderson and Michael Abramson, director of theatre operations, Hallie Baran, prop master, Amanda Lawson, scenic artist, and Patricio Lopez, general contractor, also assisted with making the show a success.
Doma knows how to treat their playgoers right. VIP ticket holders not only received a bottle of champagne, but also preferred seating, snacks and drink. The cost for the VIP ticket is only five dollars more than the general admission of $30. Seniors and students also benefit with a $20 admission fee.
Secure on site parking is only $5, but there is also street parking available, as well.
Performances go until June 3rd and are at 8 pm on Friday and Saturdays and 3 pm on Sundays.
For more information or tickets call 323 465 0693 or www.domatheatre.com