RSO’s ‘Jasper in Deadland’ (with a book by Hunter Foster) will be recorded on cast album and distributed by Sh-K-Boom Records, which also distributed his ’35mm: A Musical Exhibition.’

MATT DOYLE as the title character, with SYDNEY SHEPHERD, LOUIS HOBSON, ANDI ALHADEFF,  BRANDI MASSEY, BONNIE MILLIGAN, F. MICHAEL HAYNIE, JOHN-MICHAEL LYLES and KYLE CARTER will be featured as the nine-person cast on the album.

The album is produced by Oliver and John Clancy (orchestrator), with Nessie Nankivell, Kailey Marshall and Solomon Hoffman as associate producers.

The album is scheduled to be released on February 12, 2016, kicking off with a concert at 54 Below.  On Cyber Monday (Nov. 30), prospective buyers can get 50% off seats for the concert!  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

Jasper in Deadland was developed as a commission for the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program in 2011. Prospect Theater Company presented the New York City premiere, which featured Matt Doyle (The Book of Mormon) as Jasper, Allison Scagliotti (Off-Broadway debut, SyFy’s “Warehouse 13”) as Gretchen and Ben Crawford (Big Fish, Shrek The Musical) as Mr. Lethe. Performances ran through April 13 at the West End Theatre in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew. In May of 2015, Jasper in Deadland opened at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Said David Armstrong, 5th Avenue Theatre’s Executive Producer and Artistic Director, “Ryan Scott Oliver and Hunter Foster are two of the most exciting young talents working in the theatre today and The 5th has a very successful track record in providing emerging theatre artists like these with a large scale playing field in which they can thrill and amaze us. What Rent is to La Bohème, this show is to the Orpheus myths and legends.”

Jasper in Deadland tells the story of 16-year-old Jasper, who journeys into the Afterlife to rescue his recently deceased best friend, Agnes.  But in this version of the hereafter – known as “Deadland,”  a hybrid of mythology, religion, and superstition – the dead forget Life…  And so, too, will Jasper, if he can’t get past the seven circles of Deadland, fearsome Cerberus, heavenly Beatrix, mysterious Mr. Lethe, and ultimately himself.  Can Jasper bring his best friend back from the dead, or will he join the dead forever?

The cast album is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff. If you are interested in joining the producing team as an investor, contact RSO at [email protected]

Matt Doyle as Jasper, Prospect Theater Company

RSO Joins Lincoln Center Originals Line Up

RSO Songs at Lincoln Center this Tuesday.

Catch RSO tunes on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:30pm in Lincoln Center Originals: Songwriters, a FREE performance at the David Rubenstein Atrium.

Alice Ripley

Celebrated musical theater composers showcase original songs inspired by Lincoln Center. Don’t miss appearances by Tony Award-winner Robert L. Freedman (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Joe Iconis (NBC’s Smash), Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk (Henry and Mudge), Ryan Scott Oliver (Jasper in Deadland), Peter Millls (The Pursuit of Persephone), and Justin Levine (Pepper and Sam). The evening will be hosted by Lincoln Center Originals veteran Jeff Blumenkrantz and include special performances by Broadway stars including David Perlman (Baby, It’s You!), and Alice Ripley (Next to Normal, Side Show).

Get more information on the Lincoln Center Atrium website.

Music+Lyrics by RSO: Vol. 3 released Oct. 20

New RSO Songbook to be digitally released on October 20

On October 20, 2015 Music+Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver will be available for digital download for $34.99 in the online store.

Highlights of the book include:

  • 20 songs with piano-vocal arrangements and chords
  • Featuring never-before-released tunes from WE FOXES and DARLING, plus more
  • 3 key changes for popular gender-benders

Lindsay Mendez in "Rated RSO" at the New York Musical Theater FestivalFull list of songs:
Sorrow Done” from We Foxes
Map of Scars” from We Foxes
Ruination” from We Foxes
“City of Angels” from We Foxes
“Clever” from Darling
“Ground” from Darling
“You’ll Never Grow a Day Older” from Darling
“Awful People” from Jasper in Deadland
The Forgetting” from Jasper in Deadland
“One More Day of Snow” from Jasper in Deadland
Hungry for Your Heart” from Jasper in Deadland
“Lifesong” from Jasper in Deadland
“The Killing” from Jasper in Deadland
“On Her Trail”
“Crazytown” from 35mm: A Musical Exhibition
“Hemming and Hawing” from 35mm: A Musical Exhibition
“Mama, Let Me In” from 35mm: A Musical Exhibition
“Leave, Luanne” (female key) from 35mm: A Musical Exhibition
“On Monday” (male key) from 35mm: A Musical Exhibition
“To Do” (male key) from Out of My Head


“My Lass, She Tied Her Lace to Me” from ROPE

Music and Lyrics by RYAN SCOTT OLIVER

In 1864, two young men (one blind, one sighted) tie together to form a friendship that will live forever. Our guides and onstage band The Daybreak Boys bless them as they unite.


Like this?  Check out “Welcome-ye, You’re in Five Points” and “I Have Seen the After.”


Videos from ‘RSO in London’ Released.

RSO in London took place at the St. James on March 23, 2015. The cast included: two time Oliver-nominee Emma Williams, current Kim in Miss Saigon on the West End, Eva Noblezada, BBC’s Any Dream Will Do Daniel Boys and Anton Zetterholm of European productions of Tarzan,Wicked, and Les Miz.:

RSO in London was directed by Katie Pesskin with music direction by Michael Riley and was produced by Susan Winter and Katie Pesskin for As Told By Productions.

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