->''"It's about one moment
->The moment before it all becomes clear
->And in that one moment
->You start to believe there's nothing to fear
->It's about one second
->And just when you're on the verge of success
->The sky starts to change
->And the wind starts to blow!"''
->'''- "Opening"'''

''Songs for a New World'' is a musical revue by Jason Robert Brown featuring a variety of different musical styles from jazz to an homage to "[[Creator/BertoltBrecht Surabaya Johnny]]" to gospel to...

There is no main plot, but the songs are linked by themes of aspirations, decisions, and the power of "that moment before it all becomes clear."

"Stars and the Moon" is arguably the best-known song from the show, as it has been covered by numerous singers.

!!This musical revue has examples of:
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: Averted.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: MANY songs fall prey to this.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Believed by the singer of "Christmas Lullaby."
* BadSanta: What Mrs. Claus makes him out to be in "Surabaya Santa."
* CryCute: The subject of "She Cries."
* FragileFlower: Depending on your interpretation, the subject of "She Cries."
* {{Hobo}}: The singers of "The River Don't Flow."
* IWantSong: Oddly averted: Although many characters complain or ask for help from God, they never explicitly say want they want.
* NoPlotNoProblem.
* NonAppearingTitle: "On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship, 1492", "Surabaya Santa", "Christmas Lullaby", "The Flagmaker, 1775".
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: The woman in "Stars and the Moon" has to choose between two poor suitors and one rich suitor.
* SanitySlippageSong: "The Flagmaker, 1775", yet, rather understandably.
* SantaClaus: Is the subject of "Surabaya [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Santa]]."
* SexySantaDress: Some productions have Mrs. Claus dressed in one of these.