RSO RELEASES ‘ROPE: FIBERS’ WITH FANKHAUSER, IWATA AND MORE

Very Intensive Productions is pleased to announce the release of Rope: Fibers, a new E.P. featuring songs from RSO’s musical, ROPE. The new recording is available now via Spotify, Apple Music, and all streaming platforms.

Rope: Fibers features Ethan Carlson, Ben Fankhauser, Troy Iwata, Cory Jeacoma, Max Kumangai, John-Michael Lyles, Mary Claire Miskell, David Park, and Daniel Yearwood, with Devon Chandler, Caitlin Doak, Ian Fairlee, and Byron Martin Turk.

The band features Joshua Zecher-Ross on keyboards and additional instruments, Virginia Luke on violins, Tom Jorgensen on percussion, and Andrew Zinsmeister on guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Joshua-Zecher Ross served as music director and co-producer, and orchestrations are by RSO and Solomon Hoffman.

The track list is as follows:

1: “My Lass, She Tied Her Lace to Me” — Cory Jeacoma, David Park, John-Michael Lyles and Daniel Yearwood

2: “The Stranger” — Ethan Carlson and Cory Jeacoma

3: “All Men are Tied Together” — Max Kumangai

4: “What You Call Freedom” — Mary Claire Miskell

5: “I Have Seen the After” — John-Michael Lyles

6: “I Go on with You” — Ben Fankhauser and Troy Iwata

Check out the liner notes below.


2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

Here’s a look back on 2019.

RSO PENS SCORE FOR HUGO

RSO composed music and co-lyrics for HUGO, an adaptation of the 2011 Martin Scorsese film, which is itself an adaptation of the award-winning novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, written by Brian Selznick (who has also written the book and co-lyrics for the musical). 

Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris, upcoming MJ) directs and choreographs.

The project was first announced under the new partnership of Theresa Page and Tim Headington forming LeyLine productions (recent producers of the London hit & Juliet).

More details will be announced at a later date.

THREE POINTS OF CONTACT Conceptual Album released

The new recording featuring songs from RSO’s “marriage” musical was released in February via Spotify, Apple Music, and all streaming platforms.

Gavin Creel, Lindsay Mendez, Isaac Cole Powell, Jessica Vosk, Jenn Colella, Ben Crawford and more are featured.

Find out more about the album and listen to it here.

Additionally, RSO released We Foxes: Tracks, an EP of songs from the show, and Darling: Live in Concert, a live recording of the 2016 concert starring Kerstin Anderson and Nicholas Christopher. Both are available on all streaming platforms.

JASPER IN DEADLAND MADE ITS GERMAN PREMIERE

Find out more about the German-translated production here.

PLUS…

The latest Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology features “The View from Here” from Darling … (read more)

RSO hit 2.1 million streams on Spotify (thanks for listening!) … (read more)

and We Foxes was announced as a developmental production in Minnesota.

Here’s what’s coming up in 2020 …

  • This winter, HUGO will receive a four-week developmental workshop in London
  • A brand new EP of songs from Rope will be released in late January
  • RSO will begin work on a commission for Universal Theatricals of Heart and Souls (based on the beloved 1991 Robert Downey Jr. film) with his Mrs. Sharp collaborator Kirsten Guenther
  • After two years away, RSO returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with his biggest evening yet on March 31 (Get tix here!)
  • Theatre Elision’s developmental production of We Foxes premieres in May
  • and some very exciting news, to be announced shortly!

RSO returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below this March

On March 31, 2020 — after two years away — RSO returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below for his most awesome evening of song to date. With a cast of Broadway stars and fan favorites (to be announced), audiences can expect to hear some of RSO’s best-loved songs from 35MM: A Musical Exhibition, Jasper in DeadlandWe Foxes, Darling, Mrs. Sharp, and more — plus a few brand-new tunes!

The cast for the evening will be announced soon, but tickets are already on sale at the venue’s site.


‘WE FOXES’ PRESENTED IN DEVELOPMENTAL PRODUCTION

In May 2020, RSO’s We Foxes will be presented in a fully staged and designed developmental production in Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

Theatre Elision develops and produces new theatrical works that tell compelling stories with music. Previously, the company has staged productions of Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, LaChiusa’s First Lady Suite, and Ruthless!

More information on the creative team and casting to be announced soon.

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.

Learn more about We Foxes here and listen to the EP of songs from the show on Spotify (also available on Apple Music and all streaming platforms).

For more information about the company and the production, go to their website here.