‘RSO AT 54 BELOW’ will feature Klena, Mendez, Johnson and more

On Feb. 2, RSO will bring Alex Brightman, Katie Rose Clarke, Ben Fankhauser, Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Julia Mattison, Katie Thompson and many more to be announced to 54 Below.

artistpage_rso1Audiences can expect to hear songs from RSO’s latest tuner We Foxes, plus favorites from 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Darling, Jasper in Deadland, and a few world premieres.

Most importantly, ticket buyers can get 50% off tickets purchased “Cyber Monday,” Monday, Dec. 1.  (A code will be offered via Facebook, and also placed here on Dec. 1.)

Get tickets here.

 

RSO commissioned to write ‘ROPE’

Beth Williams and Grove Entertainment have commissioned RSO to pen the original musical Rope.

Unrelated to the Hitchcock film of the same title, the story of Rope is as follows:

New York, 1864.
They are an unlikely pair: Clay, a gang-thief determined to find life’s fortune alone; and Szajda (“Shy”), a ghostly Jew with an Irish accent, blind but possessing a remarkable power.  Yet they become tied at the waist with a length of rope, stuck together on a desperate quest through a war-torn America.  Clinging together with this charmed rope that allows the blind Shy to see through the eyes of Clay, the two young men must escape the vicious gangs of New York and push a path into the heart of the Civil War, where they find the greatest battle of all must be between themselves, brother and brother.

The show is wholly original and inspired by this photograph:

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The inspiration of ‘ROPE’

The show is meant to be the second in a trilogy of folk operas set in a time of war.  It will be nearly sung-through and will feel similar in tone to the first of the trilogy, We Foxes.  The shows will be thematically linked and may even share a “universe.”  RSO will contribute book, music and lyrics.

Williams and Grove (which is currently producing the Broadway bound Tuck Everlasting, among others) previously commissioned We Foxes.

‘WE FOXES’ Concert Cast Announced

Truman University’s 16th Annual New Horizons Music Festival announces casting for October 25th Concert of ‘We Foxes.’

Selections from RSO’s We Foxes will be performed by Adam Hunn (Eugene), Lexi Diaz (Vesta), Katie Angeli (Willa) with Callie Crawford, David Stowers, Larry Jennings, Marissa Butler, Natalie Hansen, Rachel Davis, Rachel Hoffman, Ryan Smith and Shannon Barton. We Foxes is one of only two new musicals selected from over 130 entries for performance in the annual New Musical Theatre Concert.

We Foxes is a southern Gothic thriller set in small-town Missouri, 1945.  It’s the story of Willa, a tough and unmannered orphan girl, and her adoption by the crafty Sheriff’s wife, Vesta Quimby.  When Willa discovers the dark secrets beneath the floorboards, a war cuts them apart and Willa must fight to survive.  After all, Vesta Quimby is the most beloved and powerful woman in town … Yet she’s less humanitarian socialite than she is Machiavellian sociopath…  Can Willa discover her own salvation, deliver herself into courage, and sacrifice everything to escape Vesta?  It is a story of intense human struggle, deliverance, and the great salvation found only through oneself.

The epic period musical is mostly sung-through, combining bluegrass, country, big band and concert music of the 1940s, infused with the contemporary folk-rock of today. We Foxes is a commission from Broadway Across America, and has been in residence at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Writer’s Retreat, CAP 21, and the Weston Playhouse, and recently was given a developmental reading at the York Theatre.

The New Horizons Music Festival is a day of contemporary music featuring performers from the university and the surrounding region. The Festival includes music from most of the major genres in modern performance: chamber groups, multimedia, solo performers, large ensembles, and theatrical performance. The concerts and ongoing curated exhibition provide a substantive slice of contemporary music focusing on music that leverages the techniques of the classical musician and looks to the future.

The concert performance will be held on the Truman State University Campus in the Ophelia Parrish Building at 4:00pm on Saturday, October 25th. Admission is free.

Read the full press release HERE and for more information on the festival, visit http://nhmf.truman.edu.

‘DARLING’ Heads to Canada

RSO’s Darling to be presented by Springboard Productions.

The first Canadian production of Darling will be performed at Renegade Productions Performance Studio with direction and choreography by Dawn Ewans and music direction by Steven Greenfield.

Darling follows upper crust teenager Ursula Morgan in 1929 Boston as society boils in the weeks before the Stock Market Crash. Neglected by her excessive, self-absorbed parents, Ursula encounters Peter, a charming rent-boy of uncertain age, on the run from Captain Rose of the police. When she is offered the opportunity to run away with him, she takes it and finds herself swept into the seedy underground of jazz, speakeasies, and a mysterious powder called ‘dust.’ Along the way, they also meet the featherboys of the Warehouse speakeasy, Stella the jealous barkeep, and the girls of Lily’s burlesque. Darling is fresh, emotional, and daring new musical theatre at its finest.

Check out the full press release on Playbill HERE. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

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