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Composer Jason Robert Brown headed to Harvard

The composer Jason Robert Brown, known for the Tony-winning “Parade’’ and the off-Broadway musical “The Last Five Years,’’ has been named Blodgett Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University for the spring of 2014.

In that role, Brown will lead workshops and master classes for Harvard students and take part in professor Carol Oja’s seminar on American musical theater, according to the university. The composer’s work will also be spotlighted in a March 31, 2014, concert/cabaret performance at Oberon, the American Repertory Theater’s second stage.

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Brown wrote the music and lyrics for “The Bridges of Madison County,’’ an adaptation of the mega-selling novel by Robert James Waller that premiered last month at Williamstown Theatre Festival and is headed for Broadway.

“The Last Five Years,’’ a musical about a failed marriage, was revived off Broadway this year at Second Stage Theatre. (The cast album of that production, starring Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor, will be released on Sept. 24 by Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records). Locally, “The Last Five Years’’ was produced at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown in 2011.

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