Opens Friday

January 16, 2000.By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune.

Composet and lyricist Jason Robert Brown, who won a 1998 Tony Award for “Parade,” bats up against walls of all sorts in “Songs for a New World.” The cabaret, getting its area premiere at the intimate Bryant-Lake Bowl in a Theater Latté Da presentation, limns characters such as a would-be basketball player and starlet who dreams of marrying rich. It is staged by Peter Rothstein with musical director Denise Prosek and stars top-drawer singers Vanessa Gamble, David B. Young, Sam Kivi, and Erin Schwab.