A look ahead at 5th Avenue’s offbeat musical directed by up-and-coming Seattle native Brandon Ivie.
“Jasper in Deadland,” an experimental new musical set to premiere at 5th Avenue Theatre, has a gifted, hardworking young Seattle native in the driver’s seat: Brandon Ivie.
Ivie and the 5th Avenue helped develop the show, which has been revised and expanded since its 2014 Off Off Broadway debut. Hunter Foster and Ryan Scott Oliver’s freewheeling take on the Orpheus myth, it follows a 16-year-old boy’s journey to the afterlife to save his best friend. The edgy pop-rock score is by hot young composer Oliver, and such theatrical devices as giant puppets are used to evoke the scary underworld.
The bicoastal UW grad Ivie’s career is ablaze lately. He directed “A Christmas Story” at 5th Avenue, and Seattle Rep’s new hit, “Lizard Boy.” He’s also assisted on several Broadway shows (including the current “Gigi”), and has his own company, Contemporary Classics: New Voices.
“Jasper in Deadland” runs April 30-May 24 at 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle (206-625-1900 or 5thavenue.org )
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