A Musical Exhibition: A Trio of Musicals by Ryan Scott Oliver Comes to Life at 54 Below's RSO FEST

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17 Nov 2013

Another performer new to Oliver's material was stage and television star Zachary Levi, who is currently making his Broadway debut in First Date. He was brought onto the project via his First Date co-star, Krysta Rodriguez, who has frequently performed Oliver's songs.

"Krysta was someone who — again, a performer I've worked with in the past — [said], 'Zach and I should do [the concert],' and I said, 'I would love that.' Krysta came back to me saying, 'Zach and I should do this. It makes perfect sense for us.'"

The song that the former "Smash" star referred to was "Make Me Happy," where a couple banters back and forth and bitches about their dysfunctional relationship — although they remain completely in love.

Watch their performance below:

A highlight of 35mm was Katie Thompson's performance of "Leave Luanne," a song that tells the story of a woman who must find the courage to leave her abusive partner. The composer and actress, who received acclaim for her performance in Off-Broadway's Giant, kept audience members on the edge of their seats and finished to a full-house standing ovation.

Watch her performance below:


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