By Matthew Blank
22 Jan 2013
Rated RSO was offered at 7 PM and 9:30 PM (sold out) at Joe's Pub. The evening promised new tunes from Oliver's Jasper in Deadland, The Frog Prince Continued and the photography-inspired musical exhibition 35mm as well as old favorites from Darling and Mrs. Sharp.
Also scheduled to perform were Jessica Hershberg (Baby It's You!), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hands on a Hardbody), Ben Crawford (Shrek), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Jason Michael Snow (The Book of Mormon), Brian Charles Rooney (Threepenny Opera), Tori Huston-Elem (The Addams Family), Natalie Charle Ellis (Forbidden Broadway), Maggie Anderson, Jordon Boldon, Max Chernin, Dan DeLuca, Charles A. Franklin, Kerri George, Emily Hughes, Maxwell King, Tatiana Lofton, Jamen Nanthakumar, Hayley Anna Norris, Steve Raymond, Katy Rea, Emily Rogers and Noah Zachary.
Directed by Travis Greisler, Rated RSO: MT-17 is a described as a "theatrical concert collecting songs from Oliver's musicals while the audience experiences the scope of each musical's story through projected context."
Will Van Dyke was musical director, and the band includes Matt Hinkley (guitar), Eric Day (bass), Allison Seidner (cello), Joel Waggoner (violin), Jeremy Yaddaw (drums). The creative team also included stage manager Kristina Vnook and lighting designer KJ Hardy.
Oliver is a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient and a 2008 Rodgers Award winner. He was also featured in Part One of Playbill's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.