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Award winning composer/lyricist and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Ryan Scott Oliver is releasing his first ever songbook, “Music + Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver: Volume 1” the only way he knows how: with a concert Monday, February 7, 2011 at Joe’s Pub in NYC at 7pm and 9:30pm!

Come celebrate the release of Ryan’s first ever Songbook with Ryan Scott Oliver himself along with his twisted band, longtime RSO performers/collaborators Alex Brightman, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and Lindsay Mendez, and guest stars to soon be announced!

With three previous sold-out concerts at Joe’s Pub, you’re not going to want to miss out on this one! Ryan’s music is sophisticated, contemporary, and most of all inspiring! Come share the music of this award winning composer/lyricist with his many adoring fans, including yours truly! (Click here for my review of his previous concert)

Every concert attendee will receive a FREE copy of Ryan’s Songbook! So come enjoy an evening of music and delight on Monday, February 7, 2011 at Joe’s Pub in NYC (425 Lafayette Street, NYC) at 7pm and 9:30pm! Get your tickets now…

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Morgan Karr is another one of our next generation actors to keep your eyes on. He has a powerful voice, personality and a great stage presence! From Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional shows to concert performances, Morgan Karr is the man about town.  He’s performed in Broadway’s “Spring Awakening,” Off-Broadway’s “Everyday Rapture,” and the Fringe Festival hit “VOTE! The Musical.” Regionally, he has been seen in “All Shook Up” at the Ogunquit Playhouse, “Green Eyes” at Theatre Building of Chicago, and American Music Theatre Project’s productions of “The Boy in the Bubble,” “The Boys Are Coming Home,” “Not Wanted On The Voyage,” Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party,” and “Edges.” His one-man show “Morgan Karr: An Awfully Big Adventure” sold out Joe’s Pub. Morgan was also part of fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant’s Ryan Scott Oliver’s sold out show “Rated RSO: The Music of Ryan Scott Oliver.” Catch Morgan rocking it out on Sunday, March 28 at 7pm at the Metropolitan Room in Bobby Cronin’sNot The Same: The Music of Bobby Cronin” (fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant) and with Anne Fraser Thomas on March 30 at 11pm at Bartini in New York City (642 10th Avenue, between 45th & 46th Street)! For more on Morgan, be sure to check out his website: http://www.morgankarr.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My grandfather continues to be my inspiration every day. I’m living the dream he wasn’t allowed to pursue. He was never encouraged to follow his dream. I’m so lucky to have my grandfather’s support, and every day I think about him and he inspires me. My family is a huge source of inspiration.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I’ve never really sat down to figure this out. I know it gets pretty ugly when I try to actually sing low. I get scared when I see a low note on a piece of music haha. And as for how high I can sing? I’m not scared to find out if I can or can’t sing a note… so I just go for it. And it usually works out. Sometimes, however… it CAN be a hit or miss game haha.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There is a laundry list of people I’d love to work with. I’m a sponge when it comes to soaking up wisdom and stories from seasoned veterans! Watching Sherie Rene Scott, for example, during EVERYDAY RAPTURE was a master class every day. I’m also just starting out with my career so the list of people I WANT to work with… is miles longer than the people I HAVE worked with.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I don’t dream about people. I dream about adventures.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Walking in NYC on a spring day.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer Briefs.

7. Favorite singer/musician? Stevie Wonder meets Ben Folds meets Luther Vandross meets Whitney Houston meets Dave Matthews Band.

8. Favorite quote? Be who you are and say what you feel…. because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind!

9. Favorite Website? http://www.iloveegg.com/egg_english.htm.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? SUPERMAN. If you know one thing about me… know that Superman has a big place in my heart.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite ride at an amusement park? The Superman ride at Six Flags. original huh???

12. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? Tanto Dulce Cafe up in Harlem. Best coffee in the world with RAW SUGAR!! OOOOOOHHHh so good!

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Ryan Scott Oliver is an award winning lyricist and composer to keep watching! He is the recipient of the 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant as well as the winner of the 2007 Margo Lion Award for Excellence in Adaptation (along with Kirsten Guenther who wrote the book) and the 2008 Richard Rogers Award for writing the music and lyrics to “Mrs. Sharp,” which ran at Playwrights Horizons in July 2009 starring Tony Award Winner Jane Karkowski. His other awards include the first ever ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award for Excellence in Lyric Writing, the John Denver New Composers Award, and the Looking Glass Theatre Favorite Award for “Out of My Head” (Book by Kirsten Guenther). He wrote the Music and Lyrics to “Darling” (Book by B.T. Ryback), “A Day in Space (Book by Brian Paul Mendoza), the Music to “Angus Oblong’s The Debbies” (Book/Lyrics by Gordon Leary), the Book and Lyrics to “Circle Nine” (Music by Brian Valencia), the Book, Music, and Lyrics (along with B.T. Ryback) to “Quit India,” which was commissioned by UCLA. Ryan’s  work has also been heard on the hit YouTube TV show “The Battery’s Down” as well as in showcases presented by Summer Play Festival (SPF), The York Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, New York Theatre Barn, Monday Nights New Voices (produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Scott Alan), and the Festival of New American Musicals in Los Angeles. Most recently, Ryan Scott Oliver presented evenings of his work, with a host of Broadway talents at Los Angeles’ Boston Court Performing Arts Center,  Joe’s Pub in New York City, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He is currently working on “35mm,” a multimedia musical exhibition based on photographs by Matthew Murphy, as well as “We the People” which has been commissioned by Broadway Across America for TheatreWorks USA and is supposed to be presented Off-Broadway in 2010. To find out more on Ryan Scott Oliver be sure to visit: http://www.ryanscottoliver.com or TheBestArts for Ryan’s dedicated page with footage of his music being performed by Broadway’s talent.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? All my teachers in middle school and high school, especially the ones that are in jail now.

2. When did you realize you wanted to become a songwriter/composer? It started in vitro, but I couldn’t bring the piano out with me during birth—so I didn’t come back to it till middle school, but seriously began working when I was a Junior in high school when I began work on the epic musical of The Crucible. In college, I realized that I would never get the rights over Arthur Miller’s dead body, but then fortunately, he died.  Unfortunately, I still don’t have the rights.

3. Who is the one person you’d like to have sing your songs that hasn’t already? Gavin Creel.  I need his voice like you need to try the Black and White cake at Amy’s Bread in the West Village.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can flick my tongue freakishly fast.  Too bad that’s completely of no use to me.  And I know morse code, dit-dah-dit.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? I keep my “shape” (and I use the term loosely) by going to the gym 4 times a week, for roughly 4 months out of the year.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs!  Duh!

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks because Dunkin’ Donuts I associate with being careless and fat.  Starbucks I associate with being careless and rich.  Clearly the latter is more attractive.  Unless I’m at the airport, in which case I visit Dunkin Donuts, because if you’re going to propel yourself 36,000 miles in the air where it’s better to be whetted than wealthy.

8. Favorite musician/singer? Awfully fond of Rufus Wainwright, Jason Mraz, and The Killers.  Among so many others!

9. Favorite website? I like StraightDope.com a lot.  Chockfull of useless, intriguing information that makes any dumb person feel brilliant.  Also great for long nights of insomnia (it tires your mind OUT).  And of course I’m also particularly fond of the brand new writer’s blog crazytownblog.com. 🙂  Wink.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I choose BATMAN!  I love Batman. 🙂

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On Sunday, February 28, I got to see “The Tonics” perform at Joe’s Pub. After being apart for 15 years they have reunited to bestow their beautiful harmonies upon us once more. “The Tonics” consist of fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Cortes Alexander, Michael Patrick Coughlin, Gene Reed, and newest member Kathie Talbot). Watching “The Tonics,” for me, was like watching an old-fashion quartet with a very modern sound as they performed a mixture of original songs & covers with “The Tonics” touch added to them. Separately each member is an accomplished musician, but together they really rock! I hope a continued resurrection is in store. Their chemistry is so strong, it makes me I feel like I was watching my friends perform. If you’re looking to be taken back to a time when life seemed simpler & less complex, then come on down to Joe’s Pub next Monday, March 8 at 7pm to catch “The Tonics” one more time before they head back to LA! Oh yeah, it’s a benefit performance for BCEFA (Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS) so come support a worthy cause & enjoy some good music with friends.

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After 15 years apart, “The Tonics” are coming back together to rock your world at Joe’s Pub: Sunday, February 28 & Sunday,  March 8 at 7pm! Come see fellow “Adaubmelle’s Quest” participant Cortes Alexander, along with Gene Reed, Michael Patrick Coughlin and newest member Kathie Talbot for 2 shows only! Cap your weekend off or start your week early with what is sure to be a fun time! For a sampling, check out this 1993 video of “The Tonics” singing “Good Thing Going” from “Merrily We Roll Along” as posted by “TheBestArts.”

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From Broadway’s “Hair” & “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Andrew Kober is making his solo concert debut this Monday, February 15 at 7:30pm at Joe’s Pub in “Koberet.” Andrew is going to ponder about his life with anecdote and song. If you haven’t heard Andrew’s booming voice, now would be a great time to treat yourself to what is going to be an unforgettable evening!

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On Monday, January 25, 2010, I attended “Rated RSO: The Music of Ryan Scott Oliver” at Joe’s Pub. This was the first time I have ever heard Ryan’s music and I soon learned, I was in for a treat. His songs are very satirical & humorous, with some emotionally heavier, but they all tell a story or help push a story along. Ryan had quite a roster of performers which included: two fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Andrew Kober & Eric Michael Krop, along with Kacie Sheik, Natalie Weiss, Stephen DeRosa, Morgan Karr, and Lindsay Mendez. I particularly enjoyed all the songs from the shows “Darling” (book by Ryan Scott Oliver & Kirsten Guenther) & “Mrs. Sharp” (book by Ryan Scott Oliver & B.T. Ryback) as well as “Odyssey” sung by Eric Michael Krop, “Hemming and Hawing” sung by Andrew Kober and Kacie Sheik, “The Plane is Going Down” sung by Stephen DeRosa, “On Monday” sung by Natalie Weiss, and “The Ballad of Sara Berry” sung by Lindsay Mendez. The evening came to a rousing end with Morgan Karr, Lindsay Mendez, and company rocking the roof with “Song of the Dead Fairy.” It was a great way to end an enjoyable evening. For a complete song list and other coverage of the evening visit: http://www.crazytownblog.com/

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