Behind The Scenes With RSO’s Darling

Go behind the scenes of the January 21st private reading of Darling starring Peter Pan Live!’s Jason Gotay!

Set in 1900s Boston, Darling, according to press notes, “follows sixteen 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 was featured on the “Bound for Broadway” episode of NBC’s “The Apprentice” in 2010; in 2012, it 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. Darling was conceived by Brett Ryback.

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Lindsay Mendez, Jay Armstrong Jonhson and more sing RSO at 54 Below

RSO at 54 Below Featuring Lindsay Mendez performs February 2nd.

Lindsay Mendez

Ryan Scott Oliver returns to 54 Below on February 2nd at 7 and 9:30pm with material culled from his diverse and growing body of work: multimedia musical 35mm; southern gothic thriller We Foxes; epic Civil War-era folk opera Rope; macabre jazz operetta Darling; and rocking underworld odyssey Jasper in Deadland. Broadway powerhouses will bring his high-octane songs of heroism, salvation, brotherhood and twisted tragedy to life in a celebration of the singularity and power of this composer’s inimitable musical voice.

Starring Alex Brightman, Lindsay Mendez, Katie Thompson, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Julia Mattison, Ben Fankhauser, Derek Klena, Katie Rose Clarke, Keala Settle, Andy Mientus, Jason Gotay, Ephie Aardema, F. Michael Haynie, Julia Murney, Taylor Trensch with more to be announced!

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‘JASPER IN DEADLAND’ WILL PLAY SEATTLE’S FIFTH AVENUE THIS APRIL

Ryan Scott Oliver and Hunter Foster’s Jasper in Deadland, a new musical that follows 16-year-old Jasper as he journeys into the afterlife to save his best friend, will head to Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre following its acclaimed Off-Broadway run this past spring.

Matt Doyle in Jasper in Deadland

The 5th Avenue Theatre announced Dec. 23 that Jasper replaces the Broadway-bound Something Rotten! in its 2014-15 season. Performances will run April 30-May 24, 2015, with an official opening set for May 14.

“I could not be more pleased to have this dynamic new musical as the new addition to our season,” said 5th Avenue Theatre executive producer and artistic director David Armstrong in a statement. “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.”

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.

Allison Scagliotti in Jasper in Deadland

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 non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre Association exists to develop, produce and present live musical theater for the cultural enrichment of the Northwest community, and to preserve, maintain, and operate the historic and irreplaceable 5th Avenue Theatre. The 5th Avenue Theatre has developed numerous shows that have gone to Broadway, including the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde, The Wedding Singer, Memphis, Catch Me If You Can, Scandalous, A Christmas Story, First Date and Aladdin.

The 5th Avenue Theatre is located at 1308 5th Avenue in Seattle, WA. Tickets (starting at $29) may be purchased starting Jan. 16, 2015, at 5thAvenue.org or by phone at (206) 625-1900.


RSO JOINS LIPPA, LACHUISA, FOR ASCAP CONCERT

Produced by NYMF in association with New World Stages, with support from the ASCAP Foundation’s Irving Caesar Trust, this talent competition seeks to find the newest musical theatre star. The winner of the competition will receive a special solo concert presented by NYMF as part of its 2015 Festival.

A panel of industry professionals presided over two days of auditions to select 20 entrants to take part in the competition. Ten contestants performed at each of two competition heats, with four performers selected from each evening to move on to the Grand Finale. Two finalists from each night were be selected by a panel of industry judges, with two additional finalists chosen from live audience votes and from online votes at NYMF.org. Representing RSO were Bentley Black singing “To London” and Kathryn Allison singing “On Monday.”

This year’s judges include NYMF resident casting director Michael Cassara, Tony nominee Michael Cerveris, Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan, Drama Desk nominated director Scott Schwartz, Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer, and others still to be announced. In addition to casting votes, the judging panel will offer live performance advice to the contestants.

As a highlight of the competition, NYMF will once again partner with the ASCAP Foundation to present “SINGERS & SONGWRITERS: A NYMF/ASCAP CONCERT EVENT” featuring the elite eight NNBS finalists performing the works of prolific musical theatre composers. Composers appearing at the concert included Andrew Lippa, Adam Gwon, Ryan Scott Oliver, Anna Jacobs, John Bucchino, Michael Patrick Walker and Laurence O’Keefe. The concert was hosted by Michael John LaChiusa.


RSO Songs Featured in Rider University Production

Rider University presents Girl’s Night Out, a work of devised Theatre based on the compositions of Contemporary Musical Theatre composer, Ryan Scott Oliver.

On Friday and Saturday, December 5th and 6th at 7:30pm, Girls’ Night Out will be performed at Rider University’s Yvonne Theater in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Admission is free.

Girl’s Night Out is a work of devised Theatre based on the compositions of Contemporary Musical Theatre composer, Ryan Scott Oliver.  Each young performer has been presented a musical piece composed by Mr.Oliver that informed their character. The relationships that grow between each character have developed out of their improvisational work within the rehearsal process.  The audience will follow each young person’s journey, observing each character’s discoveries that effect not only themselves, but everyone around them as well.

Directed by Rider Musical Theater Faculty Mariann Cook, with musical direction by Wendy Feaver, and choreography by Colby Dezelick, Girls’ Night Out features Maria Garvey, Samantha Ricchuti, Sarah Catherine Carter, Patricia Curley, Sarah Davis, Kailee Graham, Madeline Chandler, Leanne Gallati, Chelsea Delgado, Jessica Phipps, Katherine Tennenbaum, and Amy Hine.

Rider University is comprised of 65 undergraduate programs and 26 graduate programs in business administration, education, liberal arts, sciences, fine and performing arts, counseling, and leadership, with over 4,400 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. Rider Musical Theatre features BFA students in 8 productions per year, most recent a fully realized workshop of new work by the team that wrote Urinetown,  a new musical titled ZM, or the Zombie Musical.