'Songs for a New World,' with Broadway actors, has 1-night benefit performance in Florida

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Broadway stars with Florida roots — including Orlando's Michael James Scott — will perform a one-night benefit featuring dinner and the musical "Songs for a New World" in Cocoa Beach on Friday, Jan. 23.

Scott, a graduate of Dr. Phillips High School, is a veteran of Broadway shows such as "The Book of Mormon" and "Mamma Mia!" He's currently in the cast of Disney's hit "Aladdin," where he's the standby performer for the key role of Genie.

"Songs for a New World," by Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, is a series of songs that deal with those great moments of change and decision-making that play into every life.

Also in the cast for the event, titled "Broadway by the Beach," are Ashley Brown, Josh Young and Julia Murney.

Brown, who originated the title role in "Mary Poppins" on Broadway, hails from Gulf Breeze, near Pensacola. She also starred in "Beauty and the Beast" and recently made her Carnegie Hall debut.

Young was nominated for a Tony after playing Judas in the 2012 revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar." Orlando audiences recently saw him starring as Che in the Broadway tour of "Evita." Murney most recently played Elphaba in Broadway's "Wicked" and has also performed in "The Wild Party" and "A Class Act."

Daniel Goldstein, who directed the 2011 revival of "Godspell," will direct.

The dinner will feature all locally sourced food.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, 2080 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. Proceeds partially supports the Coach Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce's Arts Fund, which benefits local arts organizations and education programs. Tickets are $75-$150 and available at bwaybythebeach.com.

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