Next spring the 5th Avenue Theatre will present “Jasper in Deadland,” an original musical about a teenager encountering gods and monsters as he searches for his best friend in the underworld.
With a pop-rock score by up and coming composer Ryan Scott Oliver, and a book by Oliver and actor-writer Hunter Foster, “Jasper in Deadland” replaces the Broadway-bound musical “Something Rotten!” in the 5th Avenue’s 2014-15 season lineup. It will be directed by Issaquah native Brandon Ivie.
Set to play at the 5th Avenue from April 30-May 24, 2015, the show had its New York debut last March in an off-off-Broadway run produced by Prospect Theater, and staged by Ivie. It was originally commissioned in 2011 for the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program and premiered as part of the Los Angeles Festival of New Musicals. 5th Avenue Theatre recently held a workshop reading of the show in Seattle.
Inspired by the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, “Jasper in Deadland” has received positive notices from New York critics. Entertainment Weekly praised the work as “an electrifying surge of theatrical energy that has the potential to wake up New York from its deep creative sleep.” While a New York Times review suggested the show’s book needed revisions, it called the piece “a playful, silly-smart, new musical” depicting “the afterlife [as] a multi-culti mash-up of myth and magic, with the occasional dash of Christian symbolism for flavor.”
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Ticket holders to the 5th’s planned production of “Something Rotten!,” which now opens next spring on Broadway, will automatically receive replacement tickets to “Jasper in Deadland,” and a voucher in the mail to see “Something Rotten!” on Broadway before Sept. 7, 2015.
New tickets to “Jasper in Deadland,” starting at $29, may be purchased starting Jan. 16, 2015 at 5thavenue.org; by phone at 206-625-1900, or at the 5th Avenue box office at 1308 Fifth Ave. in Seattle.
Misha Berson: email@example.com