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).
He is currently at work on an adaptation of the 2011 Martin Scorsese film Hugo with Christopher Wheeldon (MJ, An American in Paris) and Brian Selznick, who wrote the original novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and Heart and Souls with Kirsten Guenther for Universal Theatricals, based on the 1991 Universal Pictures film starring Robert Downey Jr.
He wrote the book, music and lyrics for Jasper in Deadland (book by Tony Award-nominee Hunter Foster) which was first Off-Broadway in a spring 2014 run, and then presented at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in May 2015;
as well as Darling; Havana! (with director Warren Carlyle); Otherbody, a brief musical allegory; and Mrs. Sharp (read at Playwrights Horizons July 2009 starring Jane Krakowski, dir. by Michael Greif); and more.
He is currently at work on a musical version of Hugo (based on the 2011 Best Picture-nominated film Hugo by Martin Scorsese and the book by Brian Selznick), directed by Christopher Wheeldon;
and several adaptions of psychological horror queen Shirley Jackson‘s work.
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 Reinbeck Writer’s Retreat, 5th Avenue Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Weston Playhouse, Cap 21, the York Theatre, The Johnny Mercer Colony at Goodspeed Opera House, Running Deer Ranch, Pace University, Harvard University, San Diego State University, Playwrights Horizons and more.
Off-Broadway and elsewhere: Disney Theatricals commission, TheatreWorksUSA’s We the People, Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids, and cabarets worldwide. 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.
Oliver is also developing a southern Gothic thriller set in small-town Missouri, 1945 entitled We Foxes (commissioned by Broadway Across America);
Tethered with Adam Chanler-Berat (commissioned by Grove Entertainment, 2015);
and a contemporary “marriage play,” Three Points of Contact.
He is represented by Di Glazer at Creative Artists Agency (CAA). His morbidly optimistic musings may be followed on all platforms @ryanscottoliver.
Life is dark. Follow the light.