TKD in Pasadena

999354_10102468071421906_1529618435_nThis week the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program (PMTP) is producing my musical THE TAVERN KEEPER’S DAUGHTER at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre @ Pasadena Playhouse!

PMTP is a unique performing arts training organization where students are encouraged to embrace musical theatre as a method of self-exploration to enhance their personal growth and professionalism.  I have been associated with them for many years as a director, writer, and musician.  They are a fantastic organization, with an incredibly talented group of students, and run by my good friend Ryan Scott Oliver – who also directs this production!

Go see the show and support local arts education!

THE TAVERN KEEPER’S DAUGHTER plays Thursday July 25th at 7pm | Friday July 26th at 7pm | Saturday July 27th at 1pm & 6pm | Sunday July 28th at 12 noon & 6pm at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre @ The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101)

Get tickets here or by calling 323-250-3150.

DARLING wins New Musical Award

Emily Walton as Ursula
Emily Walton as Ursula

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is pleased to announce Darling as the winner of its seventh annual New Musical Award.

Written by Ryan Scott Oliver and Brett Ryback, Darling is a coming-of-age story about teenager Ursula Morgan, who leaves behind her upper-class family and finds herself in the seedy underground of Depression-era Boston — a world of sex, jazz and a mysterious drug called….fairy dust.

The piece, which was featured on the “Bound for Broadway” episode of NBC’s The Apprentice, was nominated for Weston’s prestigious national award by Director of Music at Pace New Musicals Robert Meffe who said of Darling: “The rock score is dark, edgy and contagious… The lyrics are intelligent, surprising and original…The book is a wildly different take on the Peter Pan story that will have audiences trying to uncover the allusions every night.”

The Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, the only one of its kind in the country, has become a highly sought-after prize. It supports new work by writers and composers of notable promise, chosen from a group of national nominations. Winners rehearse their work in Vermont under professional musical direction with a cast of exceptional actor/singers. After performing selections from Darling in concert on the Weston stage on March 2, Oliver, Ryback and their cast return to New York to perform at an invited concert and then to record a demo cd under the supervision of Kurt Deutsch of Sh-K-Boom Records.

Derek Klena as Peter
Derek Klena as Peter

The Vermont and New York concerts will be led under the musical direction of Chris Fenwick (Giant). The cast of rising Broadway talent includes Derek Klena (Dogfight) as Peter, Emily Walton (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Ursula, Julia Mattison (Godspell), Justin Keyes (How to Succeed…) and Max Chernin (NYMF’s Really Bad Things).

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We Made It Home

Our little web parody – ARGO! The Musical – made it as a featured video on the Funny or Die homepage! 

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And the even better news is – we’re still there!  If you scroll down their homepage, we’re the number one video in the Archive!

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If you haven’t watched the video – watch it now and click FUNNY!

If you have – go watch it again and click FUNNY!  The more Funny votes we get the better.

Now, Argo be fabulous!

ARGO Be Fabulous

Check out this web parody I wrote/directed/played Ben Affleck in.

Click on the image to watch, and then click “Funny!”

And be sure to share it with all your friends!!

Major credit goes to:

Cast:
Matt Abshire
Elijah Alexander
Jamison Jones
Joe Komara
Dan Kozlowski
Jayden Maddux
Lesli Margherita
Vanessa Mizzone
Lauren Rubin
Brett Ryback
Adam Shapiro

Writer/Director: Brett Ryback
Producer: Lauren Bass
Co-Producer: Christian Barillas
Editor: Jordan Bass
DP: Nick Barr
Asst. Camera Op: Joseph Schmitz
PAs: Edgar Solis, Christopher Solis

Joe Schmoe Sings

I just finished recording this song from my new musical Joe Schmoe Saves the World.

Singer-songwriter Kelsey Jessup and singer/actress Ana Nogueira lend their kick-ass voices to “Say Something.”

I can’t wait to share more as the show comes together.

What do you think?