A young woman wishes for the jet-set lifestyle – and gets it – but at what cost?

The age-old “be careful what you wish for” story is part of “Songs for a New World,” to be presented by The University of Wyoming Musical Theatre Workshop, Thursday, Jan 6, at 7 p.m. in Hot Springs County School District #1 auditorium.

The musical “song-cycle” is a series of songs and scenes about people making decisions that define their life. The humorous and moving vignettes range from the deck of a Spanish sailing ship in 1492 to today’s ghetto where a young man determines that basketball is his ticket out.

“Songs for a New World” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), which has supplied all performance materials.

The UW production is directed by Dr. Patrick Newell, with choreography by Lawrence Jackson. During the day, performers will conduct a drama workshop for high school students, as well as middle and high school choir workshops.

The play was first performed at the WPA Theater in New York City in 1995 and is now a favorite among college musical theater groups. Songwriter Jason Robert Brown won the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Award for Musical Theatre in 1996 and the Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyrics in 2002.

The breakout song “Stars and the Moon” has been recorded by Broadway divas, such as Audra McDonald and Betty Buckley.

The performance is coordinated by Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, Hot Springs County Schools and UW Fine Arts Outreach program. The evening performance is free but donations are welcome.