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35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Full-Length Musical  /  2f, 3m

Music & Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver / Based on photographs by Matthew Murphy

A picture is worth 1,000 words — what about a song? This intricately woven collection of stories told through song reimagines what the modern American musical can be.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Details

Summary
A picture is worth 1,000 words — what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen? In 35mm, each photo creates an unique song, moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. A stunning new multimedia musical which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre... This intricately woven collection of stories told through song reimagines what the modern American musical can be.
History
From the Tony-Award winning producer of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderVanya Sonia Masha and Spike, and A Raisin in the Sun comes the next major American song cycle, 35mm. In 2012, Ryan Scott Oliver premiered 35mm: A Musical Exhibition based on the work of photographer Matthew Murphy. The work has been preserved by the Ghostlight label as an original cast recording. 
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

WOMAN 1 – plays Woman 1, Image 1, Nightmare, the Lover, Cantus, Watcher, Soprano, Betsy, Nightwalker, Lonely, Jessy, and Chorus

WOMAN 2– plays Woman 2, Photographer, Nightmare, the Broad, Altus, She, Watcher, Les Voix en Dessous, Alto, Lindsay, and the Balladeer

MAN 1– plays Man 1, Image, the Idle Boy, Tenor, His Savior, Watcher, Les Voix en Dessous, Alex, A Friend of Jules and Jessy, and Chorus

MAN 2– plays Man 2, Image, Nightmare, the Manny, Bassus, the Sinner, Watcher, the Cajun, Bass, Jay, Her Mister, Jules, and Chorus

MAN 3– plays Man 3, Image, Nightmare, the Long-Tethered Knight, He, Watcher, Ben, Radio and Chorus

Note: 35mm is meant to be performed by 5 actors, but it may be performed by more.

  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media

“A thought-provoking, soul-searching exploration of two mediums fused together as one.” – DC Metro Theatre Arts

“The songs are not related except that they are all vibrant expressions of a rainbow of emotions. When pieced together... this musical is a thought-provoking, soul-searching exploration of two mediums fused together as one... There are intense group numbers featuring the powerful ensemble that really move the audience.” – DC Metro Theatre Arts, Read More

“The genius of this show is how Ryan Scott Oliver's music convey's the message of Matthew Murphy's photographs. I was constantly amazed at how the songs really spoke to each picture individually. Ryan's music is a fresh sound that was very enjoyable to listen to.” – Call Me Adam, Read More

“When theater pundits talk about the future of Broadway and the new generation of composers, they're talking about artists like Ryan Scott Oliver ... a major new voice in musical theater.” – Entertainment Weekly, Read More

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Videos

  • Jay Armstrong Johnson - "Leave Luanne"

  • Ryan Scott Oliver discusses "Leave, Luanne"

  • 35MM: "On Monday" - Britney Coleman

  • 35MM: "Leave Luanne" - Katie Thompson

  • 35MM: "The Ballad of Sara Berry" - Lindsay Mendez

  • 35MM: "Cut You A Piece" - Alex Brightman

  • 35MM: "Make Me Happy"

  • 35MM: "The Seraph" - Jay Armstrong Johnson

More videos +

Music

Song Samples

Stop Time
Crazytown
On Monday
Caralee
The Party Goes With You
Good Lady
The Seraph
Leave Luanne
Why Must We Tell Them Why
Make Me Happy
Immaculate Deception
Twisted Teeth
Hemming
Mama, Let Me In
Cut You a Piece
The Ballad of Sara Berry
Finale

“Stop Time” – Photographer, 4 Images
“Crazytown” – Idle Boy, 4 Nightmares
“Transition 1” – Voice 2, Voice 3
“On Monday” – The Lover
“Caralee” – The Manny
“The Party Goes With You” – The Broad
“Good Lady” – The Long-Tethered Knight, 4 Voices
“Transition 2” – Voice 2
“Make Me Happy” – She
“The Seraph” – The Sinner, His Savior, She, He
“Immaculate Deception” – 5 Observers
“Transition 3” – 5 Voices
“Leave, Luanne” – The Cajun, Les Voix en Dessous
“Mama, Let Me In” – 4 Voices
“Why Must We Tell Them Why? ” – Company
“Twisted Teeth” – Nightwalker, Her Mister
“Hemming & Hawing” – Lonely, Radio
“Transition 4” – 5 Voices
“Cut You A Piece” – Jules, Jessy, A Friend of Jules & Jessy
“Transition 5” – Voice 1, Voice 3, Voice 4, Voice 5
“The Ballad of Sara Berry” – Balladeer, Chorus
“Finale” – Photographer, 4 Images

  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway, Pop/Rock, Country/Western
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra SizeSmall/Combo, Medium
  • Chorus SizeNo Chorus

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Music Rentals

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1 Keyboard-Conductor
1 Rehearsal Score
6 Vocal Scores
1 Media CD
1 Violin/Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Drums
1 Guitar
6 Vocal Scores
1 Conductor Score
1 Rehearsal Score

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Authors

Ryan Scott Oliver

Ryan Scott Oliver is a 2011 Lucille Lortel Award Nominee, a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient and wrote the music and lyrics for 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Mrs. Sharp (2008 Richard Rodgers Award Winner, at Playwrights Horizons starring Jane Krakowski, dir. by Michael Grei ...
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Matthew Murphy

Matthew Murphy is an internationally recognized photographer specializing in theater and dance.  He regularly photographs Broadway's biggest hits, including Kinky Boots, Les Miserables, Rocky, After Midnight, and The Phantom of the Opera, among others.  Additional credits inc ...
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