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MOSTLY NEW MUSICALS w/BRETT RYBACK @ Feinstein’s at Vitello’s
November 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm$25 – $35
Brett Ryback presents a concert version of his original musical Joe Schmoe Saves the World. Set amidst the 2011 Arab Spring, it tells the parallel stories of an indie rock duo in America and a pair of Iranian students in Tehran. Raging against conformity, fear, and the status quo, the two young women at the center risk everything in an attempt to change the world through their art.
BRETT RYBACK is an actor, composer/lyricist, and writer. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award. His works include: Passing Through (Goodspeed); Nate the Great (Licensed by TRW); Joe Schmoe Saves the World (NAMT, ASCAP/Dreamworks Workshop); The Tavern Keeper’s Daughter (“Best Musical,” Pasadena Weekly); and Liberty Inn (LA Ovation Award nomination, Best Music/Lyrics). His award-winning plays Weïrd and A Roz By Any Other Name are both published in “The Best American Short Plays 2007-2008.” As an actor he originated the role of Marcus Off-Broadway in Murder for Two, and has performed at numerous regional theatres including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, South Coast Rep, The Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, and Geffen Playhouse. Film/TV appearances include Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, and Hail, Caesar! Brett is currently developing a narrative musical podcast called In Strange Woods. He created the online accompanist site PlayThisForMe.com, and he teaches musical theatre at the University of Southern California. Please visit www.brettryback.com.