Embark on a Musical Voyage with UTSA’s Lyric Theatre at the Wonder Theatre

by | Mar 21, 2024 | News and Previews, Performing Arts

San Antonio’s vibrant arts scene is about to get a remarkable addition this April, as the UTSA Lyric Theatre presents the enchanting musical “Songs for a New World” by the renowned American composer Jason Robert Brown. This production, under the masterful direction of Dr. William McCrary, promises to be a highlight for both music aficionados and theatre lovers alike. The performances are set to grace the stage at the newly inaugurated Wonder Theatre from April 4-6 at 7:30 p.m., with a special Sunday matinee on April 7 at 3 p.m.

“Songs for a New World” is not just any musical. Since its off-Broadway debut in 1995, it has captivated audiences with its unique blend of powerful ballads and an abstract storyline that dances between a song cycle and a musical narrative. Jason Robert Brown’s work intricately weaves themes of hope, self-discovery, and history, challenging its characters—and through them, the audience—to confront pivotal moments of choice and change.

This production is particularly special as it offers the San Antonio community and its visitors a splendid opportunity to experience the new Wonder Theatre facility, nestled in the Wonderland of the Americas Mall. As a nonprofit live-performance theater, the Wonder Theatre aims to engage the community with annual musical productions, making “Songs for a New World” its second presentation in this inviting new home.

Featuring a talented ensemble of UTSA voice students, including Bernadette Fernandez, Alexandra Sanchez, Marlina Gamez, and others, the performance is set to be a showcase of vocal prowess. These artists will be joined on stage by students from UTSA’s dance program, adding a dynamic choreographic element to the production under the guidance of Professor Michelle Pietri.

Dr. McCrary, a pivotal figure in the evolution of UTSA’s musical theatre offerings, expresses excitement for the collaboration between the musical theatre dance class and the production. With Dr. Jordan D. Boyd leading a skilled ensemble of musicians, the show promises a seamless flow of music that highlights Jason Robert Brown’s lyrical genius.

Whether you’re drawn to the emotional depth of the music or the innovative narrative structure, “Songs for a New World” promises an unforgettable experience. With ticket prices ranging from $5 for students to $15 for general admission, this musical journey is accessible to all. Tickets are available for purchase online, ensuring your spot in this musical exploration of life’s defining moments.

Don’t miss this pivotal production in the UTSA Lyric Theatre’s 2023-2024 season. And keep an eye out for the season’s grand finale, “The VERDI Project,” promising yet another spectacular night of musical excellence. Join us at the Wonder Theatre for a celebration of music, storytelling, and the arts in San Antonio. For more details and to secure your tickets, visit the event page: https://saarts.com/event/songs-for-a-new-world/2024-04-03/.

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