RYAN SCOTT OLIVER was called “the future of Broadway… a major new voice in musical theatre” (Entertainment Weekly) and is “shaking up musical theater with his dark, twisted and genius work … [Oliver] could very well be musical theater’s answer to an auteur filmmaker or a gothic novelist” (Huffington Post).
Jay Armstrong Johnson singing “Stroke by Stroke” from Jasper in Deadland
His music and lyrics were last heard in Jasper in Deadland (book by Tony Award-nominee Hunter Foster) first Off-Broadway in a Spring 2014 run, and then presented at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in May 2015, both starring Matt Doyle.
In 2016, he was selected to open Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series and in 2017 contributed an original musical to BroadwayCon starring Alice Ripley, James Monroe Iglehart, Carolee Carmello, and more.
Oliver is a Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient, Richard Rodgers Award Winner, Lortel Award Nominee, numerous ASCAP awards, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a guest lecturer at Harvard University, and the recipient of residencies at 5th Avenue Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Weston Playhouse, Cap 21, the York Theatre, Running Deer Ranch, Pace University, Harvard University, San Diego State University, Playwrights Horizons and more.
His other musicals include 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (licensed by Samuel French, original cast recording available on Ghostlight Records, libretto and vocal sections available, produced over 200 times around the world in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, England, Australia, and Japan);
“The Ballad of Sara Berry” from the original cast recording of 35mm: A Musical Exhibition
Darling (and RSO) on The Apprentice
Mrs. Sharp (read at Playwrights Horizons July 2009 starring Jane Krakowski, dir. by Michael Greif), Out of My Head (published and licensed through Steele Spring Stage Rights, available to purchase on Amazon), as well as the The Frog Prince Continued, a TYA musical commissioned and premiered in Chicago. A collection of his work, Rated RSO, played the Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and others.
Off-Broadway and elsewhere: Disney Theatricals commission, TheatreWorksUSA’s We the People, Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids, and cabarets worldwide. Additionally, he is the Director of New Musicals at Pace University in downtown Manhattan and the Artistic Director of the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program. His songbook, Music+Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver: Vol. 1, was published by Hal Leonard in 2011. M.F.A. Musical Theatre Writing NYU; B.A. Music Composition, UCLA. Songbooks and sheet music available at ryanscottoliver.com.
He is currently at work on a trilogy of new musicals about American desperation in war-time: the first, a southern Gothic thriller set in small-town Missouri, 1945 entitled We Foxes (commissioned by Broadway Across America, 2013); the second, a Civil War drama called Rope (commissioned by Grove Entertainment, 2015); and the final part, a contemporary “marriage play” called Three Points of Contact.
His morbidly optimistic musings may be followed on all platforms @ryanscottoliver.
He is represented by Diana Glazer at ICM Partners.
Lindsay Mendez sings “Map of Scars” from We Foxes
Katie Thompson sings “Ruination” from We Foxes