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Ryan Scott Oliver

Ryan Scott Oliver (born August 27, 1984) is a musical the Crash. Darling was featured on the Bound for Broad-
theatre composer and lyricist. He is a 2011 Lucille Lor- way episode of NBC's The Apprentice in 2010, and[8]
tel Award Nominee[1] and the recipient of both the 2009 was presented by Pace New Musicals Program in 2009,
Jonathan Larson Grant and the 2008 Richard Rodgers and in 2012, was given a private workshop and devel-
Award for Musical Theater.[2] Oliver is an adjunct pro- opmental production as a collaboration between Retrop
fessor at Pace University in New York, and Artistic Di- Production and RareWorks Theatre Company, in associ-
rector of the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program in Cali- ation with Sh-K-Boom Records, at Emerson College.[9]
fornia. He received his B.A. in Music Composition from In 2013, Darling received The Weston Playhouse The-
UCLA and his M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from atre Company New Musical Award.
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. Olivers work has been heard at the Writers
Guild Awards,[3] O-Broadway in TheatreWorksUSAs 2.3 35MM
We the People,[4] and countless showcases.
Ryan, along with actress Lindsay Mendez, founded and 35MM, a multimedia musical exhibition in which pho-
currently runs Actor Therapy: a ve-week training expe- tographic images, by Oliver in collaboration with pho-
rience for young actors in NYC.[5] tographer Matthew Murphy inspire music and lyrics, and
inversely music and lyrics inspire photographs, is pre-
served as an original cast recording by the Ghostlight
label.[10] A full developmental production was presented
1 Early life at Urban Stages in December 2010, directed by Daisy
Prince. 35MM made its O-Broadway World Premiere
Oliver was born in Pasadena, California and his interest in at the Galapagos Art Space in New York City on March
musicals began at 9 years old when he joined a local sum- 7, 2012. Due to popular demand, the show was extended
mer musical theatre camp. In 2004, Oliver took over the and sold out its run. 35MM is currently being licensed and
program as Artistic Director and renamed it the Pasadena has received productions in Baltimore, MD,[11] Dayton,
Musical Theatre Program.[6] Oliver also attended the Los OH,[12] London and Canada in 2013.[13] In June 2015, it
Angeles County High School for the Arts. made its Australian premiere in the inaugural season of
Harvest Rains Incubator Series in Brisbane, Queensland.

2 Works
2.4 Jasper in Deadland
2.1 Mrs. Sharp
Jasper in Deadland, is a pop-rock musical based on the
Mrs. Sharp (previously called Alive at Ten), with mu- myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. It follows 16-year-old
sic and lyrics by Oliver and book by Kirsten Guenther, Jasper Jarvis as he travels through the Afterlife on a mis-
is loosely based on the 1991 teacher-student sex scandal sion to save his best friend, Agnes. Jasper in Dead-
and murder trial surrounding Pamela Smart. Mrs. Sharp land was commissioned in 2011 for the Pasadena Musical
was given a staged reading at Playwrights Horizons in Theatre Program, and premiered as part of the Los An-
2009 in a production directed by Michael Greif with Jane geles Festival of New Musicals. In 2014 it was produced
Krakowski as the title character. Playwright Horizons de- by Prospect Theater Company at the West End Theatre
scribed Mrs. Sharp as:[7] in New York City starring Matt Doyle, Ben Crawford,
and Allison Scagliotti and directed by Brandon Ivie. In
2015, it had a tryout at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seat-
2.2 Darling tle, Washington, with Matt Doyle, Sydney Shepherd, and
Louis Hobson and directed by Brandon Ivie. In February
Darling, with music and lyrics by Oliver, and book by 2016 at Studio 54 a CD release concert was held starring
Brett Ryback, follows upper crust teenager Ursula Mor- Matt Doyle and Sydney Shepard. The CD is set for re-
gan in 1929 Boston as its society boils in the weeks before lease in March 2016.


2.5 We Foxes Out of My Mind from Mrs. Sharp

We Foxes, a Southern Gothic Thriller set in Missouri, The Ballad of Sara Berry from 35MM
1945, is a new project started commissioned by Broadway
This is Your Life from The Batterys Down
Across America. We Foxes tells about Willa, a tough and
unmannered orphan girl adopted by the Sheris Wife, What I Wouldn't Do For You from Mrs. Sharp
a calculating socialite, and the bloody domestic war that
ensues between them when the girl uncovers the terrible Twisted Teeth from 35MM
secrets lurking beneath the oorboards. Oliver attended
the TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Writers Retreat in April
2013 for We Foxes. This show was also featured at CAP 4 Awards
21 and the Weston Playhouse.[14]
2013 The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company New
2.6 Other works Musical Award (for Darling)

Music+Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver: Vol. I: Olivers 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient[17]
rst songbook, published by Hal Leonard.[15] 2008 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater
The Frog Prince Continued, [16]
commissioned by Winner (for Mrs. Sharp)[2][18]
Chicagos Emerald City Theatre
2007 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric
Rated RSO: A collection of Olivers work which has Award Recipient[19]
been performed at the Kennedy Center, New York
2007 Margo Lion Award for Excellence in Adapta-
Musical Theatre Festival, Joes Pub, Pace Univer-
tion for Alive at Ten with Kristen Guenther
sity, and Boston Court Performing Arts Center
Circle 9: a One-Act Musical: Music by Brian Valen- 2007 Dramatist Guild Fellowship
cia, book and lyrics by Oliver
Angus Oblongs The Debbies, A Ten Minute Musi- 5 References
cal: Music by Oliver and book and lyrics by Gordon
Leary, inspired by characters from Angus Oblong's
[1] 2011 Nominations and Recipients.
Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled
(Press release). Lortel Awards. 2011. Retrieved June 23,
Children and The Oblongs 2013.
Out of my Head, A Musical Revue: Music and lyrics [2] 2008 Richard Rodgers Awards: Three Musicals Win
by Oliver, book by Kirsten Guenther Competition. (Press release).
American Academy of Arts and Letters. February 19,
Quit India: Book, music, and lyrics by B.T. Ryback
2008. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
and Oliver, is a musical retelling of the opera Lakm
[3] Kristen Schaal Sings and Dances to open the Writers
Guild Awards. YouTube (Press release). The Writers
3 List of Popular Songs Guild East. February 5, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2013.

[4] We The People. (Press release).

A Hypochondriacs Song from Out of My Head Theatreworks USA. 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
Living Dead from Jasper in Deadland [5]
Stroke by Stroke from Jasper in Deadland [6] Interview with Ryan Scott Oliver
The Killing from Jasper in Deadland [7] Jones, Kenneth (July 19, 2009). Krakowski Will Be
Teacher Mrs. Sharp in Musical Reading Ripped From
Headlines. Playbill. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
Insides Out from The Frog Prince Continued
[8] Internet Movie Database (October 28, 2010). Broadway
Lost Boy from Darling Boardroom. imdb/com. Retrieved June 23, 2013.

Never from Darling [9] News Desk (December 10, 2008). PACE to Present
World Premiere Reading of 'DARLING' Musical 1/20-
Cut You a Piece from 35MM 1/25. Retrieved February 3, 2010.

On Monday from 35MM [10]



[12] Playbill (June 4, 2012). Ryan Scott Olivers 35mm A

Musical Exhibition Will Get Dayton Premiere. play- Retrieved June 23, 2013.

[13] Ryan Scott Oliver (December 10, 2012). 35MM:

Amusical Exhibition Opens Regionally in London and
Canada. Retrieved June 23, 2013.

[14] (Press release). Ryan Scott Oliver. June 6,

Retrieved June 23, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)



[17] Jones, Kenneth (February 12, 2009). Allen, Malloy,

Mizer, Moore and Oliver Given 2009 Jonathan Larson
Grants for Musical Writing. Playbill. Retrieved Febru-
ary 3, 2010.

[18] Gans, Andrew (February 21, 2008). Musicals Alive

at Ten, Kingdom and See Rock City Win 2008 Richard
Rodgers Awards. Playbill. Retrieved February 3, 2010.

[19] ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award.

ASCAP. Retrieved February 3, 2010.

6 External links
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