Jay Armstrong Johnson, Katie Rose Clarke, Wesley Taylor and More Set for Jasper in Deadland at RSO FEST
By Michael Gioia
Jasper in Deadland, featuring a score by Ryan Scott Oliver and a book by Hunter Foster and Oliver, will be presented in concert Nov. 18 as part of 54 Below's RSO FEST. Hands on a Harbody's Jay Armstrong Johnson and Wicked's Katie Rose Clarke are among the cast.
Very Intense Productions and Your Theatrics (Jeremy Youett and Jacob Harvey) will present the 9:30 PM and 11:30 PM concerts, produced in association with Prospect Theater Company.
Directed by Brandon Ivie (assistant director of First Date) with music direction by Ryan Fielding Garrett, the cast includes Johnson (The Last Goodbye), Clarke (The Light in the Piazza), Wesley Taylor (Little Miss Sunshine, "Smash"), F. Michael Haynie (Wicked, Dogfight), Tori Huston-Elem, John-Michael Lyles, Julia Mattison (Godspell), Ryah Nixon (9 to 5 national tour), Lexi Rabadi and George Salazar (Godspell, Here Lies Love).
Rounding out the ensemble are Kevin Shotwell, Tatiana Lofton and Connor Russell.
Jasper in Deadland, according to press notes, "follows 16-year-old Jasper as he travels through the afterlife on a mission to save his best friend, Agnes. In this hybrid underworld, Jasper encounters demons, gods, mortals and monsters from Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Norse, and Judeo-Christian mythology, learning what it means to die and questioning what it means to live."
RSO FEST, a series of concerts showcasing the scores of new musicals by composer Oliver, launched Oct. 7 with 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (produced in association with Tony Award-winning producer John Johnson), followed by Darling Nov. 4 (produced in association with Grammy Award-winning Sh-k-boom records and Kurt Deutsch). Jasper in Deadland concludes the series.
Jasper in Deadland was commissioned by the Pasadena Musical Theater Program, where it received a premiere workshop presentation in August 2011. It was also a selection for The York Theatre Company NEO Reading Series in February 2013.
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