Songs For A New World

Chromolume Theatre
September 9 - October 2, 2016
Music and Lyrics By
Jason Robert Brown








Chromolume Theatre concludes its 2016 Season with this contemporary song-cycle written by Jason Robert Brown ("Parade", "Bridges of Madison County") about one moment, hitting a wall and having to make a choice, or to take a stand, or to turn around and go back. Songs For A New World was the first produced show by Jason Robert Brown and premiered at the WPA in 1995 directed by Daisy Prince.





Joan Alperin of LA Theatre Beat raves "If you are a lover of musical theatre or just “good theatre” then make it a point to see this show."

Leo Buck of Buck-ing Trends raves "This River Flows: LA's Chromolume Theatre Shows You The Way They Can Shine With “Songs For A New World”!"



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Where are you located?
We currently are a company without a home. You can reach us at P.O. Box 61964, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

What time should I arrive at the theatre?
Generally speaking, it is best to arrive at the theatre roughly 15-30 minutes before your performance.

Does the theatre have wheelchair access?

Can my child/baby attend the theatre?/Is the show appropriate for children?
It is Chromolume Theatre's policy that no babies in arms may be allowed to attend. Further, we do not permit children under the age of four (4) to attend. This is to ensure that all customers enjoy the show. Young children are admitted but are not encouraged to attend unless the parent is confident the child will not distract other members of the audience. Everyone must have a valid ticket and occupy a seat. Accompanying adults will be asked to remove any noisy children. Generally, Chromolume Theatre produced productions are appropriate for school age children, while visiting productions can vary in appropriateness. Regardless, you should probably check with the Box Office when you order your tickets whether the production you are attending is appropriate for your child.

Are your actors professional?
In most cases, yes. Most, if not all, of the actors who perform in our shows are members of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and/or American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Do your musicals have live musicians or taped accompaniment?
All of Chromolume Theatre's produced musicals include a single piano, or a small orchestra, usually five pieces. We do not use taped accompaniment at any of our performances. Any visiting production may use taped accompaniment.

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If you wish to usher for one of our performances, contact our House Manager.

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Where do I pick up my tickets?
You can pick them up at the Box Office on the date of your performance.

Where is the Box Office located?
The Box Office is located immediately as you enter the theatre, to your right. The Box Office is open one hour prior to performance.

When are auditions for your performances?
Audition dates and times vary depending on the production. You can browse our Audition Page to check out when an upcoming audition is occurring and what to prepare for said audition.

Do you do only do musicals?
Chromolume Theatre's production productions are not only musicals. Occasionally, we will produce a play or a play with music. Visiting productions can vary anywhere between performance art to fully staged musicals.

Where can I find rental information?
To rent our theatre or to find out more information, you can check our Rental Page or call us at (323) 510-1651.



Chromolume Theatre does not currently have any auditions scheduled.



Chromolume Theatre does not currently have any auditions scheduled.


Cast/Crew Bios

Bailey Humiston, Woman 1
Songs For A New World

Bailey Humiston arrived to Los Angeles in January and is thrilled to be in this production. She made her debut as Piper Chapman in Kefi Studio's Orange Is The New Musical: The Unauthorized Parody at the Whitefire Theatre. Other stage credits include Legally Blonde: The Musical (Elle Woods), Spring Awakening (Ilse) and Les Miserables (Cosette). Bailey would like to thank her acting coach Robert D'Avanzo and Manager Nick Alan as well as her family and friends for their love and support.

Samantha Lawrence, Woman 1 u/s
Songs For A New World

Maryland native Samantha M. Lawrence is a passionate and dynamic actress and vocalist who relocated to the Los Angeles area in March 2016 to further pursue her career goals. Starting out in music, Samantha was an active musician throughout her childhood all the way until her undergraduate degree, where she obtained a B.A. in Music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. It wasn't until she competed in the Miss Maryland USA 2013 pageant that she considered acting. Shortly after the pageant, she was approached by Gigi Soto of Cima Talent Management in Baltimore, MD who helped her begin her journey. Samantha's undergraduate degree enabled her to train extensively in music. She has studied opera, jazz, and music theater performance. She also has performance experience in these areas as well as experience performing funk and soul music as a past lead singer of the D.C. based funk band, Get to Steppin'. Her acting training includes study in the Meisner technique, as well as the experiences she has gained in commercials and short films in the Maryland-DC-Virginia area. She is excited to make her Los Angeles debut in this production of Songs for a New World and is grateful to Chromolume Theatre for the opportunity.

Teresa Tracy, Woman 2
Songs For A New World

Teresa is thrilled to be back working at the fabulous Chromolune Theatre, and so very grateful for the opportunity to be apart of such an important work of art in its depth of storytelling. After many years of working in theatres across the U.S. performing in numerous regional productions, then rewarded with Broadway and National tours, Teresa stopped her career cold from performing to give all her time to her family. She came back to her roots here at the Chromolune with their production of Putting It Together, then was extremely fortunate to take part in the World premiere original musical production of The Count Of Monte Cristo, last year as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. I would not be able to take part in this art that feeds my soul like nothing else can, if not for my incredible husband Vic and my wonderful kids! I love you all so much!! I would like to give a shout out to all of my dear friends and mentors, (you know who you are), for their constant love and support. And finally I just want to offer my congratulations to the wonderful and talented people all the way around that are involved in this production... It truly takes a village !! James, Lauren and Nance God bless you for working so fervently to keep these doors open and the performances coming.... You clearly validate the phrase "If You Can Dream it, You Can Do It."

Bonnie Sludikoff, Woman 2 u/s
Songs For A New World

Bonnie is so excited to join the cast of her favorite musical of all time! Most recent credits include Dreamland at the NoHo Arts Center, and Chromolume's recent production of Next Thing You Know. Bonnie also performs with her musical improv team 99 Problems, But a Pitch Ain't One. After spending the last 3 decades performing in musicals, Bonnie is excited to take on the position as Chromolume's Youth Education Director and looks forward to instilling a love of musicals in the next generation!

Kenny Gary, Man 1
Songs For A New World

Kenny Gary is a true performer of dance, and has artfully perfected his craft throughout many years of learning, absorbing and teaching. With many talents throughout the performing arts spectrum, dance comes as the most natural and rewarding. Throughout his young dance career he won many prestigious titles and high score awards throughout the country under the instruction of Suzie Shoop. As well as dance he studied under an American Idol vocal coach known to many around the world, Debra Byrd. As he moved into his professional endeavors, a path was laid to the high seas of the Caribbean, Alaska, South America and the Pacific on Royal Caribbean and Holland America Cruise lines. Throughout his six years on the open ocean, singing and dancing in award winning shows and debuting cutting edge choreography by choreographers such as Tommy Tune, Patty Columbo and Sherry Zunker he developed his skills and love for dance even more. By being taught by such prominent figures of dance, he realized the amount of influence his instructors had on his mind, so in turn he wanted to reciprocate those feeling on the young minds of dance by becoming an instructor/choreographer himself. While teaching he has taken on touring and performing in shows such as Hairspray (Florida Tour) and Dream Girls (traveling cast). Some of his favorite performances have been at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on the Millennium Stage and Riverside Dinner Theater in Stafford (Chicago, It's a Wonderful Life and Hello Dolly). His students have now gone on to win many high sores, awards, titles and college scholarships due to his teaching and the passion heshares for the common beauty of dance.

Kyle Fuller, Man 1 u/s
Songs For A New World

Throughout childhood and continuing into his adult life, Kyle has always had a strong passion for the theater arts. Some of his recent community theater shows include Mary Poppins, Seussical, Guys & Dolls, and High School Musical Live. His favorite performance of all time was when he held the lead role of Juror #8 in Twelve Angry Men. Mixed with the powerful thematic and heavy-message writing, he was thrilled to play this part as he explored the depths of his character. Kyle is really excited and appreciative to be apart of this amazing cast. He would like to thank his friends and family for supporting his dream in pursuing the arts, and he would like to thank his parents for their extraordinary love.

Matt Mancuso Man 2
Songs For A New World

Matt Mancuso: Matt is excited to make his Chromolume Theatre debut. He was last seen on the LA stage in the LA premiere of Julia Cho's 99 Histories (u/s Daniel/Joe) with Artists at Play. Other LA credits include The Four of Us (David) and Rum and Cookies (Max) both with Polymath Theatre Company. Before moving to the LA, Matt worked in many regional houses on the east coast including Walnut Street Theatre and The Arden Theatre Company. In addition to acting, Matt has performed in numerous shows as a professional ballroom dancer. He would like to thank everyone at Chromolume for giving him the chance to perform this great show and thank you to his family, friends and teachers for all their love and support. To his fellow cast members, break legs!

James Esposito, Director, Sound Design, Man 2 u/s
Songs For A New World

James is currently the V.P. of Operations at Chromolume Theatre. Sound design credits include Next Thing You Know, Bird, Prez, Do Lord Remember Me, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Merrily We Roll Along, Capsized Floatsam, Greek Tragedy, Musical of Musicals, the Musical, Altar Boyz, and Strip, the latter of which he also directed. Scenic Design credits include the NAACP Award Winning production of Do Lord Remember Me and Love Songs - A Musical, both for Chromolume Theatre. On stage, his credits include Company (Bobby), City of Angels (Munoz), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Thurio), Forever Plaid (Sparky), Fiddler on the Roof (Twice!), Cinderella and Chess just to name a few.

Lauren J. Peters, Assistant Director
Songs For A New World

Lauren J. Peters is very excited to be working as the Assistant Director on her 10th production with Chromolume Theatre. Working in the musical theatre world for most of her life, Lauren has worked in a lot of areas nothing and off stage. Delighted tone working with such a great cast and prob ruin team, Lauren hopes you all enjoy the show. She would also like to thank her mom, Nance , her girlfriend, Emily and her best friend Ksells for all of the support through the years.

Daniel Yokomizo, Musical Director
Songs For A New World

This is Daniel Yokomizo's second professional theatre production ever, having musically directed Edges at Chromolume Theatre over the summer. In the past, he's written and played music for two plays in high school, Colin Campbell's Golden Prospects and Dracula. More recently, he's played guitar in several shows with UCLA's Hooligan Theatre group. He currently is the accompanist for Rolling Hills Preparatory School's choir. Daniel is very excited to work with the amazing cast and crew of Songs For A New World and hopes that you will enjoy the show!

Shen Heckel, Scenic Design
Songs For A New World

Shen is a theatre professional from the Los Angeles area. He graduated from UCLA's School of Theatre, Film, and Television, and is an alumnus of the New York Lincoln Center Directors' Lab. Assistant Directing credits include Working, the musical and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the world premiere of The Dodgers and We Are The Tigers. He has worked in all aspects of theatre, some previous projects include Stage Manager and Lighting Designer of Twelfth Night, R&J, and A Winters Tale. Set and Lighting Designer of The Bachelorette. Assistant Stage Manager of Recorded in Hollywood, Properties Master of Assassins, Taming of the Shrew, and Corktown 57. He also made his LA acting debut this past summer in Sex, Love, and Yoga.

Michael Mullen, Costume Design
Songs For A New World

Michael is happy to be working on this project. He has costumed such shows as Fugue (Ovation and Broadway World nominations), Sweeney Todd (Stage Raw nomination), American Idiot (TicketHolder Award), When Stars Align (Broadway World nomination), Dorian's Descent (Broadway World nomination ), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway World nomination), God's Gypsy (Broadway World nomination), Dreamgirls (Ovation Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, N.A.A.C.P. Theatre Award, L.A. Weekly Theatre Award, Broadway World Award). He has received such Stage SceneLA Awards as 2014-2015 Costume Designer Extraordinaire, 2013-2014 Costume Design Of The Year (Individual Production) for Dorian's Descent, and 2012-2013 Costume Designer Of The Year. He would like to thank everyone involved with this show, his friends and family, and you for coming to see it! :)

Richard Fong, Lighting Design
Songs For A New World

Richard is thrilled to be working with Chromolume Theatre again after previously working with them on Next Thing You Know earlier this year. His devotion to theatre has led him to UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television where he currently studies under industry professionals. Hailing from the Bay Area, he has worked with Berkeley Repertory Theatre on their production of An Audience with Meow Meow, Contra Costa Civic Theatre's production of La Cage aux Folles, and Ray of Light Theatre's Heathers: The Musical. He aims to enrich his theatrical design career in the Los Angles area and hopes that he can bring something exciting to Songs For A New World.

Matthew Sanchez, Stage Manager
Songs For A New World

Matthew A. Sanchez has stage managed in many theaters throughout Los Angeles. He got his start at Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights working on The Imaginary Life of Street Sweeper August G. He has worked on many original productions all around Los Angeles including A Cat Named Mercy and Swarm Cell. Recently he served as Assistant Stage Manager on Antaeus Theater Company's Production of Uncle Vanya. He is excited to be working on his first production here at Chromolume Theatre. He is also the co-founder of, a new website that hopes to log and catalogue all aspects of technical theater. He hopes to continue help growing this new wiki so that it will become a resource for all involved in theater.




Leo Buck of Buck-Ing Trends raves...


"This River Flows: LA's Chromolume Theatre Shows You The Way They Can Shine With 'Songs For A New World'!"


"[T]he production is once again in keeping with [Chromolume Theatre's] fine tradition of presenting simple but impactful smaller-cast musicals..."


"[P]erhaps the really exceptional thing about this particular production (and makes it so worth recommending) is how each individual singer is so winningly suited for the type of songs they're enlisted to sing..."


"Kenny Gary as 'Man 1' has a stirring, soulful vibrato and intuitive phrasing that makes each of his numbers instant standouts."


"[Bailey Humiston's] post-intermission 'Christmas Lullaby' has her as an expectant mother singing to her soon-to-be-born child, and is a genuine highlight of the show."


"Matt Mancuso as 'Man 2' also shines with some 'million-dollar money' notes, bestowing a venerable potency to both his execution and interpretation."


"[James] Esposito's direction is nicely fluid and imaginative."



Joan Alperin of The LA Beat raves...


"The diverse cast...are excellent."


"[T]here are two stand outs that absolutely blew me away. They are Kenny Gary (Man 1) and Samantha Lawrence (Woman 1). Their voices, as well as their acting and their ability to command the stage, are so powerful, that it took everything for me not to jump out of my seat and yell, 'BRAVO!' after each of their numbers."


"If you are a lover of musical theatre or just 'good theatre' then make it a point to see this show."