Sunday, January 07, 2001
 'Songs' hits right note
The Cincinnati Enquirer
 Jackie Demaline
 The coming week was almost marked by a double opening of Jason Robert
 Brown's revue Songs for a New World. Middletown's Actor's Rep canceled its
 plans for a second stage production just before the new year, leaving IF Theatre Collective to give the show its local semi-professional debut.
What is Songs' attraction for edgy, young directors? It strikes a chord, says Benjamin Mosse, 24, IF's artistic director.
         “It's his thoughts and feelings about coming to New York at 21 and
 not knowing anybody, just having a dream.
         “It's about moments in the lives of young adults who embark on the
 discovery, understanding and reconciliation of a strange, sometimes daunting
 new world.
         “It's about those moments of change in life, and surviving them and
 moving on stronger. These are things that happen to everyone, and the message
 is essentially that it's going to be fine. Bear with life as it happens, and
 it's going to come out fine.”
Life certainly isn't turning out badly for Mr. Brown, who won a Tony Award for Parade and has a string of new projects.
Songs, Mr. Mosse says, may be a musical, but it's also exactly the kind of show IF wants to do. “We want to get inside people's heads and tell their stories.”

songs for a new world