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 at A.C.T.

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From June 14-June 29th, DARLING will be performed by American Conservatory Theatre’s (A.C.T.) Young Conservatory (YC) at The Theater at the Children’s Creativity Museum (221 4th Street, San Francisco).

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DS7_4441At A.C.T.’s Tony Award–winning YC, students ages 8 to 19 develop their talents, perform in professional-caliber productions, and gain the confidence to succeed—all in a creative, fun, and encouraging environment. The ten sessions of classes and eight public productions offered throughout the year are designed to develop talent and creativity, as well as communication and cooperation skills, for young people with all levels of theater background. Working professional actors and directors lead students in a spectrum of classes, including acting, directing, voice and speech, musical theater, audition, and improvisation.

Directed by YC Director Craig Slaight and Domenique LozanoDARLING features a talented young cast from across the San Francisco Bay Area.

D71_3437If you’re in the Bay Area, please take this opportunity to see DARLING!

Tickets are $20 and available by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or going online to www.act-sf.org/ycshows.

 

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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From the DARLING Sketchbook

Here’s one for the fans of my musical Darling, with Music & Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver.

peters-shadowFor those unacquainted with the show, Darling is a dark deconstruction of the Peter Pan story as told from the perspective of the “Wendy” character.  The show has gone through many different incarnations, and the current version resembles Peter Pan mostly in broad, thematic ways.

However, when first conceived, the show borrowed a lot more from the original J.M. Barrie story – including the characters John and Michael Darling.  Also, in the original stages of conception, it was not immediately apparent that Ryback and Oliver would work exclusively on either Book or Music/Lyrics.

Thus – this sketch of a song meant to be sung by John to his younger brother Michael was created by me.  I pulled it out of the drawer and recently set it to music for my concert The Kid With the Keys, which premiered this fall in Los Angeles.

Be sure to tell me what you think in the comments below!

The KID with the KEYS

Join me as Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal presents the debut of The Kid With the Keys.

It will be a classy night of troublemaking, immaturity, and kid-play featuring music from the Millennial Generation of composers including Joe Iconis, Ryan Scott Oliver, Daniel Maté, and yours truly.

Tickets are $38 for VIP Reserved Seating, or $28 for General Admission Seating, both of which include the Entertainment Cover and the $10 Food and/or Beverage Minimum.  RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST.  Please call 818-754-8700 .  Patrons enjoying dinner are encouraged to arrive between 5:30-6:00pm.

Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal is located at 5303 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601.  Valet Parking is available directly behind the Federal ($3.50 with validation).  Ample street parking is also available.  The dress code is upscale casual.