Matthew always dreamed of dancing with ABT…
That is, of course, American Ballet Theatre.
(Which I thought it was a college because I’m dumb.)
He’d studied since a kid, and worked his ass off,
And then it happened. It ALL happened.
He had this picture in his head
Of dancing at the Met.
And by seventeen he’d joined that scene
In tights and T-shirt stained with sweat.
Building stacks of broken shoes,
Every day a brand new bruise,
A life’s goal attained so fast!
But what’s a dream to do
When it’s finished coming true?
The picture of his life didn’t — couldn’t last.
Cuz the picture in your head
Never ends like you expect.
And four years in, room starts to spin,
He stayed home sick, his body wrecked.
Sure, he thought, a minor bug,
But after weeks, and still a slug,
The docs called it Epstein-Barre.
Goodbye the dreams of ballet star…
Goodbye … goodbye …
He was lost. Everything he worked for,
All the pieces smashed asunder,
Left eighteen months to wonder
What would he do now?
What would he do now?
With his picture just a shred,
He was jobless, with no hope.
But that wasn’t him, and so on a whim
He bought a camera, just to cope.
Slow at first, but then some speed —
He knew the passion it took to feed
A skill, whether dance or art —
He knew how much time, how much heart —
He was found. Suddenly the work came
Putting pieces in position,
Reigniting old ambition,
He was an artist once again and how!
And now —
We have a picture by our bed
Of him dancing at the Met.
Now he shoots the shows, and Broadway knows
He’s the go-to-guy, good as they get.
He taught me life may change your art,
But it can never change your heart.
The real test, he came to see:
The picture of a dream can fade…
But the point is, new pictures get made.
He made new art
With his new life with me.
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 DoDaniel 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.
‘Jasper in Deadland’ Vocal Selections will be released for digital download on August 4, 2015.
After an off-Broadway run in 2014 and a critically acclaimed production at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, songs from Jasper in Deadland will be released to the public for purchase in a digital vocal selections book, on August 4th, 2015. The selections will include hit songs like Stroke by Stoke, and Living Dead as well as never-before-released songs. Books ($34.99) and individual songs ($8.99) will be available for purchase at www.ryanscottoliver.com/store
Vocal Selections Include:
Stroke by Stroke The Forgetting Living Dead Awful People Hungry for Your Heart Lifesong The Killing One More Day of Snow
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? Book by HUNTER FOSTER and RYAN SCOTT OLIVER, music and Lyrics by RYAN SCOTT OLIVER.
On July 24, 2015, ROS’s ‘We Foxes’ will receive a closed reading at Playwrights Horizons directed by Leigh Silverman.
The reading stars Katie Thompson, Emily Rogers, Ben Crawford, and Ben Frankhauser with Jill Abramovitz, Cory Jeacoma, Natalie Charle Ellis, Tori Huston-Elem, Will Erat, P.J. Griffin, Azudi Onyejekwe, Jen Perry, and Jim Stanek. Creative team includes Music Director Rich Silverstein, Music Assistant Kailey Marshall, with Stage Manager David Lurie and Production Assistant Nessie Nankivell.
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 reading is produced by Grove Entertainment and hosted by Playwrights Horizons.
Katie Thompson performs “Ruination” from We Foxes below.
RSO’S 35MM: A MUSICAL EHXIBITION TO PLAY MAY 3 & 4, 2015
“The time is perfect for this work” says co-producer Adrian Marchuk of this weekend’s Toronto Production of 35mm: A Musical Exhibition in an article for The Star. Directed by Melissa Jane Shaw with musical direction by Chris Tsujiuchi, the production stars Marchuk, Jeigh Madjus, Kelly Holiff, Marisa McIntyre, and Michael Esposito II. Brian Goldenberg co-produces. Get tickets here.
A picture is worth 1,000 words — what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen? In 35mm, each photo creates an unique song, moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. A stunning new multimedia musical which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre… This intricately woven collection of stories told through song re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.
RSO’S “Darling” is getting a developmental reading via WalkFlyRun productions this summer, and auditions have been announced.
With book, music & lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver, conceived byBrett Ryback, and directed by Robert Longbottom, with choreography by Greg Graham and musical direction by Rodney Bush, DARLING is set in 1900s Boston and follows 16-year-old Darling as she encounters a boy named Peter, who offers the opportunity to run away with him. She takes it and finds herself swept into a seedy underground of jazz, sex, lost rentboys, and a mysterious white powder called Dust.
DARLING just appeared in a January reading at Pearl Studios and was featured on the “Bound for Broadway” episode of NBC’s The Apprentice in 2010, and in 2012, was given a private workshop and developmental production as a collaboration between Retrop Production and RareWorks Theatre Company, in association with Sh-K-Boom Records, at Emerson College. In 2013, Darling received The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company New Musical Award.
Thursday, April 16; 9:30AM – 5:30PM
AEA Audition Center
ECC/Singers Friday, April 17; Female Singers 10AM, Male Singers 1PM
Pearl Studios 500, 12th Floor
Wednesday, April 15; Male Dancers 10AM, Female Dancers 1PM
Chelsea Studios, 6th Floor