Ryan Scott Oliver
|Ryan Scott Oliver|
|Born||27 August 1984|
Ryan Scott Oliver (born August 27, 1984) is a musical theatre composer and lyricist. He is a 2011 Lucille Lortel Award Nominee and the recipient of both the 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant and the 2008 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater. Oliver is an adjunct professor at Pace University in New York, and Artistic Director of the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program in California. He received his B.A. in Music Composition from UCLA and his M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He is also creator of the blog Crazytown and member of A.S.C.A.P. Oliver's work has been heard at the Writers Guild Awards, Off-Broadway in TheatreWorksUSA's We the People, and countless showcases.
Oliver was born in Pasadena, California and his interest in musicals began at 9 years old when he joined a local summer musical theatre camp. In 2004, Oliver took over the program as Artistic Director and renamed it the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program. Oliver also attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
Mrs. Sharp (previously called Alive at Ten), with music and lyrics by Oliver and book by Kirsten Guenther, is loosely based on the 1991 teacher-student sex scandal and murder trial surrounding Pamela Smart. Mrs. Sharp was given a staged reading at Playwrights Horizons in 2009 in a production directed by Michael Greif with Jane Krakowski as the title character. Playwright Horizons described Mrs. Sharp as:
|“||[T]he story of a woman who "wants you to become more." Having written an unsuccessful self-help series entitled Invent Yourself: Five Words to Live By, 31-year old Kimberly Sharp is encouraged by her husband to take a job teaching at the local high school. Kimberly sets out to change the lives of her students, absorbing them into her web of fantastical delusions and private affairs. But when her husband discovers she's gone just a bit too far, Kimberly realizes there's only one thing that can be done about him. Someone goes to jail, someone becomes a beloved self-help guru and someone gets shot in the head — but everyone learns a lesson from Mrs. Sharp.||”|
Darling, with music and lyrics by Oliver, and book by Brett Ryback, follows upper crust teenager Ursula Morgan in 1929 Boston as its society boils in the weeks before the Crash. Darling was featured on the "Bound for Broadway" episode of NBC's The Apprentice in 2010, and was presented by Pace New Musicals Program in 2009, 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.
35MM, a multimedia "musical exhibition" in which photographic images, by Oliver in collaboration with photographer Matthew Murphy inspire music and lyrics, and inversely music and lyrics inspire photographs, is preserved as an original cast recording by the Ghostlight label. A full developmental production was presented at Urban Stages in December 2010, directed by Daisy Prince. 35MM made its Off-Broadway World Premiere at the Galapagos Art Space in New York City on March 7, 2012. Due to popular demand, the show was extended and sold out its run. 35MM is currently being licensed and has received productions in Baltimore, MD, Dayton, OH and will open in London and Canada in 2013.
Jasper in Deadland
Jasper in Deadland, is a pop-rock musical based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. It follows 16-year-old Jasper Jarvis as he travels through the Afterlife on a mission to save his best friend, Agnes. Jasper in Deadland was commissioned in 2011 for the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program, and premeiered as part of the Los Angeles Festival of New Musicals. In 2014 it was produced by Prospect Theater Company at the West End Theatre in New York City starring Matt Doyle, Ben Craword, and Alison Scagliotti. In 2015, it had a tryout at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington, with Matt Doyle, Sydney Shepherd, and Louis Hobson.
We Foxes, a Southern Gothic Thriller set in Missouri, 1945, is a new project started commissioned by Broadway Across America. We Foxes tells about Willa, a tough and unmannered orphan girl adopted by the Sheriff’s Wife, a calculating socialite, and the bloody domestic war that ensues between them when the girl uncovers the terrible secrets lurking beneath the floorboards. Oliver attended the TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Writer’s Retreat in April 2013 for We Foxes. This show was also featured at CAP 21 and the Weston Playhouse.
- Music+Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver: Vol. I: Oliver's first songbook, published by Hal Leonard.
- The Frog Prince Continued, commissioned by Chicago's Emerald City Theatre
- Rated RSO: A collection of Oliver's work which has been performed at the Kennedy Center, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Joe's Pub, Pace University, and Boston Court Performing Arts Center
- Circle 9: a One-Act Musical: Music by Brian Valencia, book and lyrics by Oliver
- Angus Oblong's The Debbies, A Ten Minute Musical: Music by Oliver and book and lyrics by Gordon Leary, inspired by characters from Angus Oblong's Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children and The Oblongs
- Out of my Head, A Musical Revue: Music and lyrics by Oliver, book by Kirsten Guenther
- Quit India: Book, music, and lyrics by B.T. Ryback and Oliver, is a musical retelling of the opera Lakmé
List of Popular Songs
- "A Hypochondriac's Song" from Out of My Head
- "Living Dead" from Jasper in Deadland
- "Stroke by Stroke" from Jasper in Deadland
- "Insides Out" from The Frog Prince Continued
- "Lost Boy" from Darling
- "Never" from Darling
- "Cut You a Piece" from 35MM
- "On Monday" from 35MM
- "Out of My Mind" from Mrs. Sharp
- "The Ballad of Sara Berry" from 35MM
- "This is Your Life" from The Battery's Down
- "What I Wouldn't Do For You" from Mrs. Sharp
- "Twisted Teeth" from 35MM
- 2013 The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company New Musical Award (for Darling)
- 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient
- 2008 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater Winner (for Mrs. Sharp)
- 2007 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award Recipient
- 2007 Margo Lion Award for Excellence in Adaptation for Alive at Ten with Kristen Guenther
- 2007 Dramatist Guild Fellowship
- "2011 Nominations and Recipients". lortelaward.com (Press release). Lortel Awards. 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
- "2008 Richard Rodgers Awards: Three Musicals Win Competition". ArtsandLetters.org (Press release). American Academy of Arts and Letters. February 19, 2008. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
- "Kristen Schaal Sings and Dances to open the Writers Guild Awards". YouTube (Press release). The Writers Guild East. February 5, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
- "We The People". theatreworksusa.org (Press release). TheatreWorks USA. 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
- Interview with Ryan Scott Oliver
- Jones, Kenneth (July 19, 2009). "Krakowski Will Be Teacher Mrs. Sharp in Musical Reading Ripped From Headlines". Playbill. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
- Internet Movie Database (October 28, 2010). "Broadway Boardroom". imdb/com. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
- News Desk (December 10, 2008). "PACE to Present World Premiere Reading of 'DARLING' Musical 1/20-1/25". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
- Playbill (June 4, 2012). "Ryan Scott Oliver's 35mm A Musical Exhibition Will Get Dayton Premiere". playbill.com. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
- Ryan Scott Oliver (December 10, 2012). "35MM: Amusical Exhibition Opens Regionally in London and Canada". ryanscottoliver.com. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
- (Press release). Ryan Scott Oliver. June 6, 2013 http://www.ryanscottoliver.com/news/rso-attends-writers-retreat-for-new-show-we-foxes. Retrieved June 23, 2013. Missing or empty
- Jones, Kenneth (February 12, 2009). "Allen, Malloy, Mizer, Moore and Oliver Given 2009 Jonathan Larson Grants for Musical Writing". Playbill. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
- Gans, Andrew (February 21, 2008). "Musicals Alive at Ten, Kingdom and See Rock City Win 2008 Richard Rodgers Awards". Playbill. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
- "ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award". ASCAP. Retrieved February 3, 2010.