New Musicals from Ryan Scott Oliver, Nick Blaemire & More Set for THE SCORE Podcast
The Score, a new podcast dedicated to bringing the coolest musical theater right into your head, is announcing its first three concert recordings.
Created and produced by Michael Kimmel, John DeLore, and Allison Bressi, The Score will bring a full season of episodes featuring live concert versions of new musicals, recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Dangerous, exciting, and ambitious new shows people will be talking about for years. If you love musical theater, you'll definitely want to know The Score.
Ryan Scott Oliver kicks off the program on Monday September 19th with his new musical, Darling, starring Nicholas Christopher (Hamilton) and Kerstin Anderson (The Sound of Music), and produced by WalkRunFly. Darling features book, music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver (35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Jasper in Deadland) and was conceived by Brett Ryback. With a classic sound set in the modern age, it tells the story of "a nameless girl called Darling who is rescued from an asylum for 'troubled youngsters' by the provocative rent-boy Peter. The young man steals her to the Second Slum, a seedy underground of jazz, sex, and a mysterious white powder called Dust." Tickets are $20 can be purchased here: 7:00 PM show: http://bit.ly/2cudfnX; 9:30 PM show: http://bit.ly/2c62kld.
Next, The Score brings Alexander Sage Oyen and James Presson's Outlaws to LPR on Monday, October 10th. With music and lyrics by Oyen and book by Presson, Outlaws tells the story of Jesse James and his brother Frank: "Frustrated with Washington and hard-up for cash, Jesse James and his brother Frank take matters into their own hands robbing banks, courting the press, and killing anyone who gets in their way. Featuring a robust bluegrass score, Outlaws is the story of a bitterly divided America and the demagogues who try to save it."
Following Outlaws, is Nick Blaemire's new piece, A Little More Alive. With book, music, and lyrics by Blamire (Glory Days), the piece will be performed and recorded on Monday, October 17th. "In this heartfelt and original folk-pop musical, two estranged brothers reunite at their mother's funeral. An unexpected discovery found in old home movies reveals secrets that have been hiding in plain sight their whole lives. It changes everything about the way they see each other, and the family by which they define themselves."
There are two concerts per night for each event at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, New York, New York 10012. Casting and more shows to be announced.
ABOUT THE WRITERS:
NICK BLAEMIRE is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer. At 23, he wrote the music and lyrics to GLORY DAYS (book by James Gardiner), which premiered at the Signature Theatre in DC, before moving to the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway. It also closed on opening night - but it was a very wonderful experience, and he wouldn't trade it for anything. GLORY DAYS has now been produced more than 30 times around the world, with licensing by Playscripts and the Original Cast Recording through Ghostlight Records. Since then, Nick has written book, music and lyrics for three new original musicals: A LITTLE MORE ALIVE, which has been produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kansas City Rep and Barrington Stage Company; SOON, which premiered at the Signature Theatre, and for which he was honored with the Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation; and FALLOUT, a commission with Kyle Jarrow, currently in development. As a performer, credits include the Broadway productions of GODSPELL, CRY-BABY, the Off Broadway premieres of FOUND (Atlantic) and DOGFIGHT (2st), and the upcoming revival of TICK, TICK...BOOM! (Keen Company). He is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. @nickblaemire
Ryan Scott Oliver was called "the future of Broadway... a major new voice in musical theatre" (Entertainment Weekly) and is "shaking up musical theater with his dark, twisted and genius work ... [Oliver] could very well be musical theater's answer to an auteur filmmaker or a gothic novelist" (Huffington Post). He is the winner of a Larson Grant, Rodgers Award, Lortel Award Nomination, ASCAP Harold Adamson Award, New Musicals Awards from Weston Playhouse, Pace University and more. He wrote the music and lyrics for JASPER IN DEADLAND (premiered off-Broadway and remounted at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre), 35mm: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION (licensed by Samuel French, original cast recording avail. on Ghostlight Records), DARLING, MRS. SHARP, OUT OF MY HEAD (licensed through Steele Spring Stage Rights), as well as the commission WE FOXES (Broadway Across America) among others. He was selected to open Lincoln Center's 2016 American Songbook series. He is currently at work on the new musical ROPE, a commission for Grove Entertainment. More info can be found at ryanscottoliver.com, and his morbidly optimistic musings can be followed at @ryanscottoliver.
Alexander Sage Oyen is the recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation's Lucille and Jack Yellen award for lyricists. His musicals include OUTLAWS (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals- book by James Presson, dir. Noah Himmelstein), DISCOUNT GHOST STORIES! (with Jessica Kahkoska) ARCHIE'S FINAL PROJECT (Book by James Presson and David Lee Miller), DIVA (book by Sean Patrick Monahan), A NIGHT LIKE THIS (book, music, lyrics, directed by Blayze Teicher, 54 Below) and MOMENT BY MOMENT (directed by Brandon Ivie, 54 Below. Production at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand). He and collaborator James Presson were awarded the 2013-2014 Dramatist Guild Fellowship and their musical, OUTLAWS, was the recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Workshop. He was named one of Playbill's "Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers You Should Know," and he was selected for the 2014 Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Project. His music has been heard at Lincoln Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Symphony Space, 54 Below, Joe's Pub, Playwrights Horizons, The Signature Theatre, New World Stages, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and venues in Thailand, London, The Netherlands and all across the world. His theatrical rock band, Discount Ghost Stories! can be seen playing through every borough and the astral plains. The cast album for his song cycle, MOMENT BY MOMENT, is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. Proud member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.
JAMES PRESSON'S plays include FUCK MARRY KILL (Lincoln Center Lab, dir. Sash Bischoff), LONG DIVISION (Portland Center Stage JAW Fest), OUTLAWS (Goodspeed New Musicals, music/lyrics by Oyen, dir. Noah Himmelstein), FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS (Walkerspace), LITTLE TOWN BLUES (Wild Project), Little Mac, Little Mac, YOU'RE THE VERY MAN (Less Than Rent, co-written with SP Monahan), MONEY$HOT (Orlando Rep, music/lyrics by Oyen), and THE ICEBERG THEORY (Sewanee Writers Conference). He co-wrote VOICES IN CONFLICT with Bonnie Dickinson, which ran at The Vineyard Theatre and Fairfield Theatre Company. He later collaborated on the teleplay for the film version that aired on PBS and was awarded two Regional Emmy Awards. Directing projects include DIVA (United Solo, "Best Musical" and "Audience Choice Award"), OUR TOWN (Green-Wood Cemetery), RICHARD 3 (FringeNYC, "Best Director" and "Best Actor), and BECKETT IN BENGHAZI (with LTR). He was a Dramatists Guild Fellow and member of the ASCAP workshop in 2014 and one of Indie Theater Now's People of the Year in 2013, with Less Than Rent Theatre. TV Credits include Vinyl (HBO) as well as the upcoming Civil (TNT) and Get Shorty (Epix).