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Rso Fest Premieres at 54Below

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New York, NY – Very Intense Productions and Your Theatrics | Jeremy Youett and Jacob Harvey are pleased to present RSO FEST, a series of concerts showcasing three new musicals by composer Ryan Scott Oliver. RSO FEST will launch at New York’s premier Supper Club, 54 Below (254 West 54th Street, NYC), on Monday, October 7 with the 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (produced in association with Tony® Award-winning producer John Johnson), followed by Darling (produced in association with Grammy Award-winner Kurt Deutsch and Sh-k-boom) on Monday, November 4, and then Jasper In Deadland (produced in association with Prospect Theater Company) completing the trilogy on Monday November 18.

35mm premiered in New York in March of 2012 with a sold-out run at the Galapagos Art Space starring Lindsay Mendez, Betsy Wolfe, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Ben Crawford and Alex Brightman, with an original cast recording on the Ghostlight label. The coming of age story Darling was featured on NBC’s The Apprentice (“Broadway Bound” episode).  A full production of Jasper In Deadland will premiere in New York as part of Prospect Theater Company’s 2014 season (PTC’s company of Working won a Drama Desk Award last year).

Oliver says of the upcoming showcase of his musicals, “I wanted to present my music in the complete context of the show while also having the support of the instrumentation I designed. I want people to hear the whole score of each show in concert, while also seeing the entire story in a condensed form.  I’m honored to be joined by so many collaborators on this — directors, producers, and music directors, who I believe are going to help present the most exciting night of RSO music yet.”

Your Theatrics Producers Youett and Harvey said of the series, “It’s a unique opportunity to see the full works of a remarkably inspired contemporary Music Theatre composer in a stunning environment. We’re proud to present some of RSO’s best work, in a series which will give audiences a taste of his incomparable talent.”


35mm: A Musical Exhibition in Concert
Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Based on Photographs by Matthew Murphy
MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
produced in association with John Johnson and 35mm the Musical LLC
Directed by John Simpkins
Music Directed by Rich Silverstein
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.  The album produced by Sh-k-boom Records is available on I-tunes.

Darling in Concert
Book by Brett Ryback
Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
produced in association with Kurt Deutsch and Sh-k-boom
$35 main/$25 bar/$25 min
Directed by Jeremy Dobrish
Music Directed by Chris Fenwick
1929 Boston: A coming-of-age story about Ursula Morgan, stolen away from her upper-class family by a mysterious rentboy called Peter.  Ursula finds herself in the seedy underground in a world of sex, drugs, and jazz.

Jasper in Deadland in Concert
Book by Hunter Foster & Ryan Scott Oliver
Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 at 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Produced in association with Prospect Theater Company
$30 main/$20 bar/$25 min
Directed by Brandon Ivie
Music Directed by Ryan Fielding Garrett
16-year-old Jasper travels through the Afterlife on a mission to save his best friend, Agnes. In this hybrid underworld, Jasper encounters demons, gods, mortals and monsters from Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Norse, and Judeo-Christian mythology, learning what it means to die and questioning what it means to live.

Tickets for 35mm and Darling $35 main/$25 bar/$25 min as well as Jasper in Deadland $30 main/$20 bar /$25 min are now on sale and are available for purchase on the 54 Below Website, 54below.com

Ryan Scott Oliver is a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient, 2008 Rodgers Award Winner, 2011 Lortel Award Nominee, 2012 Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, a 2009 ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award Winner, a 2007 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and most recently, the recipient of residencies at 5th Avenue Theatre (WA), TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (CA), Weston Playhouse (VT), and Cap 21 (NY) for We Foxes, a commission by Broadway Across America.  His work includes music and lyrics for 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (original cast recording avail. on Ghostlight Records), Darling (ACT, featured on NBC’s The Apprentice), Mrs. Sharp (Playwrights Horizons July 2009 starring Jane Krakowski, dir. by Michael Greif), and the commissions Jasper in Deadland (soon to be seen presented by Prospect Theatre Company) and The Frog Prince Continued; a collection of his work, Rated RSO, played the Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub, New York Musical Theatre Festival; Off-Broadway and elsewhere: Disney Theatricals commission, TheatreWorksUSA’s We the People, Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids, and cabarets worldwide.  He is a professor at Pace University in Manhattan and the artistic director of the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program.  B.A. Music Composition, UCLA; M.F.A. Musical Theatre Writing NYU. Songbooks and sheet music now available: Music+Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver: Volume 1 and 2, and 35mm Vocal Selections.  More at www.ryanscottoliver.com.

54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife.  A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style.  The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage.  In their description of 54 Below, The New York Times writes “the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan’s other major supper clubs.” Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 Below features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95.