Composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver, known for his dark and twisted musicals such as 35mm, Jasper in Deadland, Mrs. Sharp and Darling, will host Actor Therapy alongside Wicked's Lindsay Mendez July 8 at 54 Below. In anticipation of the concert, Oliver shares his "Dark Days of Summer" playlist as part of Playbill.com's Playbill Playlist series.
The Actor Therapy concert will begin at 11:30 PM and feature performers from Mendez and Oliver's weekly Actor Therapy masterclass series, including Risa Dorken (world premiere of Disney's High School Musical), Bo Clark (Pericles at Circle in the Square Theatre), Stefanie Miller (Vital Theatre Company's Fancy Nancy), Noah Zachary (Off-Broadway's Dear Edwina), Melissa Castillo (Theatreworks USA's The Yellow Brick Road), Matthew Silva (Porch Light Productions' Little Shop of Horrors), Michael Gioia (5th Floor Productions' Urinetown), Alaina Fragoso (APAC's Gone Tomoro) and Nick Cox (Surflight Theatre's Les Misérables).
At Actor Therapy, audiences can expect to hear material that ranges from classical musical theatre to work by contemporary composers, pop artists and lyricists.
Actor Therapy provides artists with a better "understanding of what it means to be an actor and song interpreter in New York" and has included appearances from Krysta Rodriguez (First Date), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story), casting directors and more.
Musical theatre composer-lyricist Oliver explores his darker side in his musicals Mrs. Sharp, based on the uncomfortably true story of the 1991 teacher-student sex scandal and murder trial surrounding Pamela Smart; Jasper in Deadland, in which 16-year-old Jasper travels into the afterlife to retrieve his best friend; Darling, which follows teenager Ursula Morgan, who leaves town with a boy on the run and is swept into the seedy underground; and more. Playbill.com asked Oliver to share his darkly inspirational songs and tell us why they made his list.
54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. There will be a $10 cover charge plus a two-drink minimum. For more information and tickets, visit 54Below.com.
All The Way
Bullets Over Broadway
Fly By Night
Of Mice and Men
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Realistic Joneses
The Velocity of Autumn
Tony n' Tina's Wedding