Jimmy Roberts, Composer-Lyricist-Poet-Episode #287

Mar 19, 2024 | 4 comments

Jimmy Roberts is the composer of the second longest-running Off-Broadway musical in New York theater history, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, which ran for over 5000 performances. And it’s been produced around the world in languages as diverse as French, Spanish, German, Finnish, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Jimmy’s second Off-Broadway show The Thing About Men, won the New York Outer Critics Circle award for Best Musical.  His latest show, Welcome to the Big Dipper, co-written with John Daggett and one of my favorite StoryBeat guests, Cat Filloux, is set to open at the York Theatre in Manhattan in November 2024.

Jimmy’s also a sought-after performer, presenting entertaining programs that combine classical and popular music. Recent engagements include: Merkin Concert Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Steinway Hall, and the National Arts Club.  The New York Times called Jimmy’s performances, “Brilliant.”

He’s a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with noted pianist, Constance Keene. He’s also a published poet, with several of his poems appearing in the New York Times Metropolitan Diary. Jimmy reads two of his poems during the show.

He’s also a collector of historic letters and interesting people.

Please stick around at the end of the show because Jimmy has generously lent us a wonderful song sampler from Welcome to the Big Dipper for your enjoyment.






Executive Producer: Steve Cuden, Producer: Casey Georgi, Announcer: Javier Grajeda
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  1. Elysa Dauerman

    Riveting discussion; thank you for having such a talented composer tell his story and let us know what’s coming up next. Happy Birthday Jimmy Roberts.

    • Steve Cuden

      Thanks so very much, Elysa! I’m truly happy that enjoyed Jimmy’s episode. He was really wonderful to chat with. A great guest — and a wonderfully artistic guy!

  2. Catherine Filloux

    This is a beautiful, inspiring and deep interview. I learned so much. And I loved the riveting interplay between Steve and Jimmy. Please do not miss this work of art. Cat.

    • Steve Cuden

      Hey Cat, That’s a huge compliment coming from you — and greatly appreciated! It was really fun chatting with Jimmy. What a grand talent he is! Folks should absolutely listen to your wonderful episode, too!


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